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New law on anonymous code complaints now in effect

By NATHAN MAYBERG - | Jul 20, 2021

A new state law which went into effect July 1 restricts code inspectors from investigating minor noise and code violations if the person making the report doesn’t provide their name and address.

However, building inspectors and code enforcement officers must still investigate the matter under the law regardless “if the violation presents an imminent threat to public health, safety, or welfare or imminent destruction of habitat or sensitive resources.”

For all other code violation complaints, a “person who reports a potential violation of a code or an ordinance must provide his or her name and address to the governing body of the respective board of county commissioners before an investigation occurs.”

Senate Bill 60 passed the State Senate by a vote of 27-11 and the State House by a vote of 81-35. State Senator Ray Rodrigues (R-Estero) and State Rep. Adam Botana (R-Bonita Springs), whose districts cover Fort Myers Beach, both voted in favor of the law.