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Port Orange Observer Wednesday, Jun. 28, 2017 5 years ago

Former snowbirds allowed to keep driveway, sidewalk sealer at their new home 

The City Council voted to let the couple keep the surfacing on their driveway, sidewalk.
by: Nichole Osinski Community Editor

It was a win for Marie and Jack Wheeler when the City Council voted 4-1 to let them keep the new resurfacing they’d put on their driveway and sidewalk. 

According to Marie, a neighbor had reported the couple to Residential Code Enforcement, which resulted in the Wheelers going before City Council to determine what would happen. 

The Wheelers had put in a new unit at Laurelwood Mobile Estates on July 28, 2016 planning to move from Pennsylvania to become permanent Florida residents. 

“When we painted the driveway and sidewalk that was to keep it pristine and so it wouldn’t crack,” Marie said. 

Marie noted that when they found out the gray concrete sealer they had put down went against city code compliance she was ready to rip up the sidewalk and replace the sealer. However, they decided to wait until they went before the City Council to see if they would have to restore the surface to its former condition. 

Restrictions on what kinds of sealers and paints are put on surfaces are regulated in the city due to the liability of an injury happening because the wrong pavement was put down. 

Council Member Drew Bastian, District 3, voted against the request to keep the Wheeler's surfacing but said his vote was based purely on consistency on paving codes to avoid slips or people tripping. 

“I'm glad they bought a new home there,” Bastian said. “All in all, it was a good outcome.”

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