TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com)- Grant Park sits at the eastern edge of Tampa’s city limits, a half-mile square neighborhood of small, working-class homes, a park and two churches book-ended by Interstate 4 and the Pepin Distributing beer warehouse.
Most days, it’s easy to miss. Lately, though, the neighborhood was one of three focal points for Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s 30-day code enforcement sweep.
Inspectors combed Grant Park along with parts of North Tampa and Old Seminole Heights writing tickets for everything from uncut grass to deteriorated buildings. During the sweep, which has continued beyond the original 30-day window, a quarter of the community’s 630 properties got some sort of citation from code inspectors.