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The Sarasota County Commission this week unanimously approved a stipulated settle- ment with the owners of a house on south Siesta Key that was in documented violation of county building codes for about a year. County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh reminded the board members on Feb. 11 that the county filed suit in J u l y 2 0 1 3 a g a i n s t Siesta Resorts LLC because county Code Enforcement staff had found ground-level construction at 6537 Sabal Drive that was undertaken without the proper permits and without regard to the building code, including requirements for residences in flood zones. "We have obtained compliance from the prop- erty owner," DeMarsh added; therefore, his recommendation was to dismiss the civil suit. However, DeMarsh pointed out that the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate imposed liens against Siesta Resorts in both A listing for Vanilla Sky International Properties on the Vacation Rental By Owner website shows the house at 6537 Sabal Drive on Siesta Key that previously was rented by Siesta Resorts LLC. Image from VRBO THE COUNTY COMMISSION DISMISSES ITS LAWSUIT AGAINST SIESTA RESORTS OVER CODE VIOLATIONS AND AGREES TO LET THE OWNER PLEAD FINANCIAL HARDSHIP OVER THE BILL HE OWES The defendants will be permitted to seek a reduction of Code Enforcement liens. Stephen DeMarsh County Attorney Sarasota County $44,000 IN LIENS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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