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From: Marie K Demosthenes -firstname.lastname@example.org-
Date: October 11, 2015 at 6:12:43 PM EDT
To: Marie K Demosthenes -email@example.com-, Marie K Demosthenes -DEMOSTHENES1064@GMAIL.COM-, Marie K Demosthenes -DEMOSTHENES1064@AOL.COM-
Subject: DEPT OF REVENUE. LEGAL AID
Dear Ms. Demosthenes,
Thank you for your email to the Florida Department of Revenue in which you expressed your issue with the Okeechobee County Planning and Development Department’s denial of your permit application to add a garage behind your privacy fence on your 1.24-acre lot.
This matter does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Revenue. The Okeechobee County Planning and Development Department has the authority to approve or deny permit applications in their jurisdiction.
I understand from your email to the Department of Revenue that you have already contacted the Okeechobee County Planning and Development Department to discuss the denial of your application. You may want to contact your county commission to ask if they can provide additional assistance regarding this matter. The Okeechobee County Commission’s contact information is available at http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/contact.
If you have questions about property tax in the future, we invite you to contact us through our e-portal system atDORPTO@dor.state.fl.us.
Because the Department of Revenue does not administer property tax, this response is not a policy statement or interpretation of state law or rules but is provided for your information and assistance. We hope the general information provided in this response is helpful to you.
From: “Ward, Kimberly” -Kimberly.Ward@djj.state.fl.us-
Date: October 5, 2015 at 5:02:42 PM EDT
To: Marie K Demosthenes -firstname.lastname@example.org-
Subject: RE: Please help
I am receipt of your email; however, our agency cannot assist you. We suggest you contact your local legal aid society or the Florida Barâ€™s attorney referral service for assistance. Please see links below.
Legal Aid: http://floridalawhelp.org/find-legal-help/directory
Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service: http://www.floridabar.org/tfb/TFBConsum.nsf/48E76203493B82AD852567090070C9B9/EC2322E512B83D1E85256B2F006CC812?OpenDocument.
Kimberly Sisko Ward
Assistant General Counsel
Department of Juvenile Justice
Office of General Counsel
2737 Centerview Drive, Suite 3200
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3100
From: Marie K Demosthenes [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2015 1:22 AM
To: Ward, Kimberly
Subject: Please help
I believe you were notified in our office on September 10, in the notice of denial of the permit application sent on September 14, and in an email sent on September 29 that county regulations do not allow for an accessory structure such as a garage or shed to be placed on a parcel unless there is first a principle structure. In your situation, that would be a residential dwelling complying with the countyâ€™s appearance and design standards. There is not anything we can do about your situation at this time. When you are ready to put a house on your parcel, let us know and we will provide whatever assistance we can in processing your permit application.
Planning and Development Department
1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Phone (863) 763-5548
Fax (863) 763-5276
With your help there will be a favorable resolution ALL I NEED IS TO ADD A GARAGE BEHIND MY 6’TALL PRIVACY FENCE ON MY 1.24 ACRE LOT. I CANNOT SEE HOW THIS WILL LOWER THE VALUE OF THE 4 HOUSES ON THE STREET OR THE COW RANCH ADJACENT TO THE STREET. I REQUEST YOUR HELP BECAUSE THIS WILL SAVE MY LIFE
On Sep 16, 2015, at 1:38 PM, “Patty Burnette” -firstname.lastname@example.org- wrote:
Good Afternoon Ms. Demosthenes.
I want to let you know I am in receipt of your email regarding a denial letter for the construction of a shed that you received from the County Planning and Zoning Department. The property County of Okeechobeeâ€™s jurisdiction and not the City of Okeechobee. The City would not have any authority over the property, so I have forwarded all your correspondence received by the City to Mr. Bill Royce with the Okeechobee County Planning and Zoning Department. His email email@example.com his phone number is 863-763-5548.
Hopefully you will be able to receive some solution to your situation.