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During my morning walks, I see dogs roaming around the neighborhood and tearing up people's trash. What should I do?
It is not advised to approach any animal that you are not familiar with. The best thing to do is to not make eye contact with the animal and to leave the area. When able, contact Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and give a description of the animal and the area last seen. PAWS enforces the City's animal ordinances, which prohibits animals to run "at large." The animal ordinance also prohibits excessive and untimely barking, animals on public property and requires animal owners to maintain rabies vaccinations. Regulations governing animals in the City of Destin are found in Article 4 of the Destin Code of Ordinances.
Link to Code of Ordinances, Articel 4
I have received a notice from the City's Code Enforcement Officer for violating one of the City's codes. I need more time to correct the problem, what should I do?
Before the deadline expires, call the Code Enforcement Division at 850-837-4242 and speak with the officer or set up an appointment. Based on the circumstances and your good faith effort, the deadline may be extended.
What happens when a person who was cited for violating a City ordinance fails to comply?
If the person in charge of the property has been cited for a violation and has made no effort to comply with the ordinance, the case will be presented to the City's Code Enforcement Board. An Administrative Fee and a fine of up to $250.00 per day may be assessed to the property owner for non-compliance.
A house in my neighborhood has a lot of cars, boats and an RV in the front yard. How many vehicles and boats can you have in your yard?
City code does not regulate the number of vehicles or boats allowed on someone's property, but the City does regulate their condition. All vehicles not located in an enclosed building must be in operating condition with a current license plate. Also, vehicles and boats can not be parked in a manner which would impede the vision of motorist at an intersection.
Who do I call to report a noise complaint?
A Code Enforcement Officer is on call 24 hours a day and will respond to noise complaints located within the City at anytime. During working hours,call the Code Enforcement Division at 850-837-4242. After hours report the complaint to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department at 850-651-7400, who will contact the Code Enforcement Officer on-call. The Officer will go to the location and record the sound level with a sound level meter. Two readings are taken each from the property line in the direction of the complaint. If the sound level exceeds what is allowed by ordinance, the establishment will be issued a code violation and required to reduce the noise level to be in compliance with the ordinance.
I worked in my yard this weekend and have placed a lot of lawn debris out at the curb. Who will pick it up and when?
Waste Management (WM) collects lawn debris on Wednesdays. The lawn debris must be cut into four-foot (4') lengths, bundled or bagged. If it is not in this condition, a "special pickup" can be arranged by contacting Waste Management at 850-862-7141.
I purchased a new appliance and want to get rid of the old one. How do I do that?
Waste Management (WM) will dispose of your old appliance for a fee. Appliances may also be brought to the Public Works Department during regular business hours. Before placing appliances at the curb, Florida Statutes requires that you remove the door or secure it so that it cannot be opened. Okaloosa County Transfer Facility can also be contacted for disposal of appliances, tires and hazardous waste.
What is the process to remove a derelict vessel?
The removal of a derelict vessel requires due process, administered by multiple agencies. Due process includes tracking ownership, issuance of a citation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and if necessary, brought before the court system if the vessel owner fails to bring the vessel into compliance. After these processes have occurred and if funding and resources are available, the city/county/state may then remove and dispose of the vessel after it has been released by the courts and the FWC. This can be a lengthy process. To report a derelict vessel, visit the City Help Desk and fill out a form in the Beach and Harbor section.
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