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Panama City Beach Battling Vacant Condo Eyesore

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Residents are calling it an eyesore and, for Panama City Beach officials, it's a headache.

The vacant and dilapidated Beach Club Motel off Front Beach Road still stands despite orders to bring it down or up to standard.

There have been numerous talks between developer David Pearson and beach officials. Both parties agree the property should come down after being riddled by multiple fires and neglect, but so far nothing has happened and residents are losing patience.

"We have a beautiful view of the Gulf, a beautiful view of the town, but you look this way and it's not a pretty sight," said Grandview East Resident, Tony Keenan.

9 floors above Front Beach Road, Keenan stares out at what he calls an eyesore. Despite gates and no trespass signs, Keenan fears the motel is now attracting a different clientele.

"Homeless, vagrants, people trying to cook meth," listed Keenan.

The beach has stepped in, fearing safety hazards if the issue is left unresolved.

"We would prefer that he tear the building down due to the blight that it brings to the area and the public safety," said Panama City Beach City Manager Mario Gisbert.

Last month, the Beach City Council ordered developer, David Pearson to level or brings the building up to code within 30 days.

Gisbert explained Pearson is concerned over loss of property rights and, so far, nothing has happened. Now, Pearson's development company faces $1000 dollars per week in civil penalties until action is taken.

"We're hoping that is enough incentive for him to come in and that the property and bring it up to standard. In the meantime we've taken similar action with other parcels," said Gisbert.

Gisbert added that the city has to be careful with how much they can do legally.

"We don't want to be so abusive that it becomes a legal case that we're harassing someone

To me if you give someone warning and they don't do anything within a week, it means they are ignoring you," said Gisbert.

News 13's calls to the developer went unreturned, Tuesday.