Battle for the Beach: Showdown brewing between Deerfield Beach, resident over beach plots – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

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(WSVN) – In Florida, we usually presume beach locations are open up to the public, but a person female essentially owns and life on one portion of Deerfield Seaside, and as Kevin Ozebek clarifies, she and the metropolis are now actually in a lawful “Battle for the Beach.”

This stretch of sand near the Deerfield Seashore Pier is a genuine South Florida gem.

Margaret Ferguson, sunbather: “The seashore is gorgeous. It is just pristine.”

But when you wander just north of the pier, there is no missing this taped-off trailer.

Risa Greenberg, sunbather: “It’s an eyesore.”

Scott Ferguson, sunbather: “It doesn’t very in shape in with the rest of the neighborhood. I’ll place it that way.”

The president of the apartment affiliation for these units around the trailer is not thrilled with his neighbor.

Jim D’Agostino, apartment association president: “She has finished practically nothing but been a nuisance to our community.”

The lady who phone calls this trailer dwelling is Kristina Clothier.

Kristina Clothier: “If I had to select, this would not be my suitable.”

In spite of residing subsequent to a community stretch of beach, Kristina owns two plots of beach front assets. She inherited them from her father.

Decades back, personal houses dotted the seaside. Now most of the beach front is general public, and Kristina wants to continue to keep it that way. She needs to promote her land to the city, but they’re not purchasing.

Kevin Ozebek: “What do you want to say to Deerfield Seaside?”

Kristina Clothier: “‘Do the appropriate point, which you need to have accomplished several years in the past.’”

Kevin Ozebek: “And that is?”

Kristina Clothier: “To buy the home.”

In 2017, Kristina says the city placed two trash and recycle cans on her assets.

Kristina Clothier: “I am paying out a preposterous amount of money in taxes, and if the metropolis needs to use the property, then buy the property.”

Kristina states she set up “no trespassing” signs. Deerfield Beach Code Compliance then fined her for “unpermitted signs” and “unpermitted placement of symptoms.”

Kristina Clothier: “They’re making an attempt to wear me down. It’s not going to work.”

Kristina racked up $49,880 truly worth of code violations, which she has not compensated.

The metropolis is now suing Kristina, arguing it’s “authorized to foreclose on the code enforcement liens.”

Kristina’s legal professional disagrees.

Robert Sweetapple, Kristina’s legal professional: “Instead of obtaining it, they are attempting to consider it through these unfounded, acknowledged baseless code violations.”

In a statement, the metropolis tells 7Information, “Code violation grievances … are investigated and enforced.” The city “would choose that the residence operator tackle all outstanding violations and convey the residence into comprehensive compliance.”

Kristina Clothier: “You have a govt entity saying, ‘No, you do not have it. We can use it for our gain, for our possess property, and you just keep spending individuals taxes!’ No , that is not suitable, and that is not American.”

Kristina’s two sandy plots have a blended current market benefit of additional than $761,000, but she has them listed for about double that amount, at virtually $1.5 million. She claims that is negotiable.

Kristina claims, right up until they are marketed, the beach will remain her household.

Kevin Ozebek: “How significantly of this is theory?”

Kristina Clothier: “I would say ALL of it. Completely all of it. The dilemma is, this is all the things I personal.”

Jim D’Agostino: “She’s just in this for the big greenback, essentially. It’s very obvious why she’s undertaking this.”

So now, the fight for this section of the seaside is heading from the sand to the courtroom.

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