GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - Imagine living in a neighborhood that has a house that was severely damaged by Hurricane Ivan, and hasn't been repaired since? That's the problem some people in Gulf Shores face.
WEST BEACH BOULEVARD WOES
There's one such house in the 1500 Block of West Beach Boulevard. June Young lives next to this house.
She said, "I think it looks awful, and, I mean we've had to look at it since Ivan. So it's disgusting that we've had to look at it so long."
MORE PROBLEM HOMES
Gulf Shores city officials said there are more than a half dozen homes with problems that haven't been repaired since Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina hit in the mid 2000s.
Chief Building Inspector for Gulf Shores Brandan Franklin said, "There's potential there for the public to get into these houses."
City officials said they've taken steps to find the owners and get them to fix up the homes. They said if the owners don't, the city takes action.
Franklin said, "We'll have the property demolished ourselves, and then invoice the owners with the bill."
A LOT TO PAY AT ONCE
He said the city can't demolish all of the properties at once.
Franklin said, "That's one of the reasons we've tried to take a tiered approach to getting the houses down, so the city doesn't have to fork out so much money at once."
REACTION TO THE CRACKDOWN
People who visit and live here are glad to hear about the crackdown.
When asked what she thought about seeing a dilapidated home next to nice condos, Jessica Hines of Louisville, Kentucky, said, "Well, I wouldn't want to rent it for Spring Break."
Young added, "We're going to have a little celebration when they finally get rid of it."
Gulf Shores city officials said they hope to demolish the home in the 1500 Block of West Beach Boulevard, another one in the 2800 Block of West Beach Boulevard in early May.
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