Orange County condo complex under fire for code violations

Article and Video Courtesy of Channel 9 -- Orlando

By Ryan Hughes  

Published October 15, 2014

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Officials may soon work to find ways to clean up a dilapidated condominium complex on Orange Blossom Trail.

The Blossom Park Condominiums have been plagued with problems, including two murders within two days last month.


County leaders may take action to fix things for good.

Commissioners will discuss code violations and other issues at the rundown complex during their meeting next week.

“It’s not safe. It’s really not safe. There (are) a lot of people with kids around here,” said resident Aaron Garcia.

Residents said it’s not just crime they’re worried about. They’re concerned about balconies, stairways and floors, which they said have many structural issues.

“The alleys where people walk, they fix them all the time because there’s wood under there and the wood buckles with time,” said resident Willie Smith.


Channel 9 obtained a letter from the manager of code enforcement that said necessary building maintenance hasn’t been done in years.

It said code violations pose a health and safety hazard to the residents.

“A lot of people here are poor. Poor families and single families with kids. This is all we can afford,” said Garcia.

The Sheriff’s Office has responded to four other shootings at the complex this year.


One was fatal, bringing the homicide total to three.
Channel 9 contacted the manager of the condo complex, but has not heard back.