Neighbor's front yard full of junk has St. Petersburg woman upset

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - "I see something that needs a lot of care, something that needs attention," said Samantha Kerekes.

Kerekes has been living next door to the house in the 3400 block of 21 St. N. in St. Pete for a little more than a year.

"I think (it's a) hoarder to be honest with you.  It's unnecessary," she said.

Kerekes says when the renters moved in next door about a year ago, the front yard immediately became cluttered. She thought that it was just part of the move-in and that things would eventually find their rightful spot.  There are vehicles, one with an expired temporary tag and one with no plate at all.  There are couches, vacuums, a hutch, a jet ski, countless bundles of old newspapers and lots of random pieces of household junk.

"It's a nuisance, really.  You know, I come home from work every day and I call the city and hope that something's been done, but nothing's ever been done.  I'm tired of looking at it," Kerekes said.

St. Petersburg code enforcement does have an active file on the property.  Richard Schneider, who owns the property, declined an interview request for this story. And the renters of his property did not answer the door.

"It's very frustrating because I've been doing this for such a long time now in hopes that the city cares about its residents and everything.  Just every day, over and over again for the past year it's just been ongoing and it's terrible," explained Kerekes.

In a statement, the City of St. Petersburg wrote, "Both the tenants and owners have received violation notices and have appeared either in court or in front of the Code Enforcement Board."  

It goes on to say that liens have been placed on the property.  Kerekes says she just wants it cleaned up.

"I've offered, both me and my significant other have offered to help them move it and they turned it down; saying oh, they're going to take care of it.  They say that they're going to do something with it but they never do," she said.

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