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Heritage Park Inn Update

Published on: May 15, 2017

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Osceola County, Florida – A meeting regarding the Heritage Park Inn situation was conducted Friday afternoon. Those departments represented included the following:

  • County Manager's Office
  • County Attorney's Office
  • Community Development - Code Enforcement
  • Human Services
  • PIO
  • Health Department
  • Sheriff's Office

Human Services has visited the hotel every day and has had the opportunity to speak with many of the residents. Most indicate that they do not plan to move on until after the power is turned off. Some of the families have qualified for our programs and Osceola County will work with them to get them placed.

The Health Department said that at some point, probably this week, they will go out there and declare it a public health sanitary nuisance. There is a procedure at the state level that the request will have to go through to be finalized, however; we don't expect that to be a lengthy process.

On Wednesday, the code enforcement violations are due to be heard by the Code Enforcement Board beginning the clock on that avenue of enforcement.

The Sheriff's Office increased patrols this weekend and has offered to be present at any time that we or other staff members are on site. 

The Attorney General's office is being included in regular updates from Human Services and are looking at mechanisms that they can pursue to assist us.

The county can’t address specifics about the amount of money owned to water and electric utilities – or the matter between the utilities and those responsible for paying for service. We do know that power is scheduled to be turned off some time tomorrow but do not have details.

The Fire Marshal's office will inspect on Monday to determine if management is adhering with the fire watch requirement due to the water being shut off.

Over the past week various not for profits have delivered water and there will more water delivered on Monday to assist with the sanitary issues.

We will continue to follow up with all involved to discuss next steps. Any on site activities will involve a coordinated effort by our departments, the health department and the Sheriff's Office.