On August 19, 2016, CJ's Street Report published a report based on the County's Office of Environmental Enforcement's "Notice of Violation." The blog post included videos from August 8th and August 19th showing that Ahmad had not removed his junk cars from illegal junk yard lot in the allotted 10 days.
This morning (August 22nd), I received a phone call from Officer Steven Kenney. He told me that Ahmad could keep his junked cars on his property as long as he initiated a development plan review. Apparently, Ahmad has initiated this development plan review.
But, that is not what the "Notice of Violation" states. In the clearest language possible in all blocked letters, Officer Kenney wrote: "REMOVE ALL VEHICLES FROM THE PROPERTY UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE PROPERTY HAS BEEN THROUGH DEVELOPMENT REVIEW FOR USE AS A RETAIL AUTO SALES/REPAIR. OUTDOOR STORAGE IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE ZONING FOR THIS PARCEL. CEASE AND DESIST OCCUPATION OF THE RV IN THE BACK CORNER OF THE LOT."
The question is this: why does the "Notice of Violation" state "remove all vehicles" BEFORE the development plan review is completed, but Officer Kenney told me that Ahmad can continue to operate his illegal junk yard as long as he starts the review process? Is this not favoritism? Is this not a deviation from the "Notice of Violation"? Not only is the outdoor storage of vehicles "not permitted," but among the five county ordinances Ahmad violated is one related to the health and safety of residents [ 42-196(a) and 42-197(a)], namely, the attraction of potentially Zika-virus carrying mosquitoes and rats. The first section deals with the "creation or maintenance of conditions conducive to the breeding of rats, vermin, flies, mosquitoes..." The second section requires "Complete removal of all contributing conditions." Why does Code Enforcement allow Ahmad to jeopardize the health and safety of residents near his illegal junk yard? Is it simply a matter that poor people matter less?