After years of neglect, officials deemed the abandoned home in the northeastern section of the city, cluttered with trash and a haven for vagrants, worthy of the code enforcement hall of infamy. The city declared it a “chronic nuisance.”
Since 2009, code enforcement officials had sent nine letters, some of them certified, to owners Robert and Lavina Barkus of Royal Palm Beach. All came back as undelivered, according to a thick file at City Hall.
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Staff researchers Fedor Zarkhin and Michelle Quigley contributed to this story.