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Bradenton man gets 90 days to deal with code violations

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The Manatee County homeowner who painted his house the colors of the American flag to protest code violation citations has 90 days to come into compliance.

That was the outcome of a hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Brent Greer painted his house like an American flag in protest over what he feels is unfair treatment from the city.

Code enforcement officer Mark Reynolds said the hearing was not about the flag-colored painting. Rather, he showed a slideshow of photos that showed the issues the city is concerned with.

Greer has said the city is targeting him, and said during the hearing that he feels his civil rights are being violated.

In the meantime, his house that sits on Riverview Boulevard has been getting a lot of attention.

In fact, since his family received a list of code violations, groups like The Guardian Angel and other people have come together to correct some of the alleged violations.

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They've painted and replaced broken windows. Greer says, he's thankful but he's not doing any of the work himself.

After the 90-day period, Greer faces fines of $100 per day.

It was about more than just code violations for Kathryn Greer.

"I'm glad my house was in disarray. I'm glad my windows were broken because that means I have kids in my house," she said.

She and her husband Brent Greer stood before the Bradenton code enforcement board today as they defended their home.

"My concerns are how this was handled, why it was handled this way, who made the complaint and why there was a complaint," Brent Greer said.

The couple spoke after code enforcement officer Mark Reynolds showed the board flaws at their home.

The pictures showed dirt, peeling paint and signs of rot and decay.

"It is a 110-year old house," Kathryn said when she spoke about a conversation between her and a code enforcement officer. "He said yeah, it needs about 110 years of maintenance on it.”

The Greers came to the attention of code enforcement after someone complained about an old Christmas tree out front last February.

An inspector came to investigate and found other problems, and demanded they be fixed.

They refused to comply and painted their home as an American flag in protest.

That brought even more attention and even support to the family.

"For 20 years I didn't have kids. Now I have seven, praise God I didn't paint," Kathryn Greer said.

A group called the Guardian Angels and others pitched in to help make the home come into compliance.

The Greers say they are thankful for the help, but said they wouldn't do anything differently.

"It definitely made us paint our house in a way that we weren't even thinking before, but now it shows our personality inside," she said.

The Greers' have 90 days to come to code. If not, they will be fined $100 a day.

With groups like the Guardian Angels helping, they should have all the work done within a month.

The city code enforcement team said current violations are:

  • Dirt and mold which are in need of pressure washing
  • Chipped and peeling paint
  • Accumulation of trash and debris
  • Electrical wires showing
  • Window seals and frames show rot and decay.

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