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Boynton Beach couple using signs to accuse city of setting its own rules

BOYNTON BEACHm, Fla. - The disagreement over a property in Boynton Beach is turning public.

Gail and Leon Jenkins are frustrated and they're using signs to show it.

"That's a term I would use: strong armed tactics," Gail points out.

The couple says the City of Boynton Beach bullied them by setting unrealistic goals to fix the four-unit apartment complex they owned at 134 NW 10th Avenue, also known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
 
"What we have to look at is what would a reasonable person have done," Leon Jenkins says.

He explains he needed two or three extra days to finish getting the building in shape. Instead, the city tore it down.

Records show the city first sent a letter to the Jenkins family in April 2014 telling them the vacant apartment complex was unsafe, and needed to be rehabilitated or torn down.

The city gave the Jenkins several deadlines to fix the property, eventually setting January 12, 2015 as the final deadline before the city would demolish the building.

The Jenkins family says it was 90% done and says the city was slow with inspections which put them past the January 12 deadline.
 
"We're very upset, this never should have happened," Gail says. "We never should have come to this point."
 
It's a point where they put up signs calling out the city for tactics they think it's using to acquire the property for a redevelopment project on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. A claim the vice mayor dismisses.

The signs say "Why buy when you can steal?" and "Do not allow city hall to bamboozle you with lies."

"It was never their intention to allow us to complete the remodeling," Gail opines.

The couple says it has a lawsuit pending with the city. They would like to be compensated by the city for the demolition. The city is in the process of putting a lien on the property in the amount of $18,853.50, the cost of the demolition.

On top of everything, the city cited the Jenkins for their signs, saying they need a permit to put them up. Leon says he'll apply for a permit Tuesday.  

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