Decision by Judge or Jury? Alternatives to Traditional Code Enforcement Boards

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Through F.S. Ch. 162, the Local Government Code Enforcement Boards Act, the legislature expressly granted Florida cities and counties the power to enforce their codes through a variety of tools, including fines, abatement, and foreclosure. These tools established by Ch. 162 enable local governments to ensure compliance with any local code or ordinance. Local codes subject to enforcement action can include matters ranging from zoning violations, tree cutting, creation of nuisances, excessive noise, unsafe buildings, and nearly any other matter properly regulated in the local government code.