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For Immediate Release:
October 03, 2017
Media Contact:
Manuel Orbis Jr


Commissioner Sosa moves to waive to all permitting requirements fence repairs or replacement

(MIAMI, FL) – Single family homeowners in unincorporated Miami-Dade County will be temporarily exempt from all permitting requirements for the repair or replacement of fences damaged during Hurricane Irma. The waiver of the permitting requirement is the result of a motion presented by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and applies to the repair or replacement of fences in the same location and using the same material and design as the damaged fence. The motion waiving the permitting requirement was unanimously adopted and is pursuant to Executive Order 17-235 issued by Governor Rick Scott declaring a state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.

“The damage to property caused by Hurricane Irma has left countless residents in Miami-Dade County with an unexpected financial burden and, in some cases, with a safety concern,” affirmed Commissioner Sosa. “By adopting this motion, we temporarily waive the permitting requirement and associated costs to help our residents repair and rebuild their fences faster.”

To ensure safety standards are adhered to, fences acting as pool barriers will continue to follow the permitting requirements established by applicable codes. A resolution to formally put forth the provision of the waiver presented by Commissioner Sosa will be considered by the Board of County Commissioners at a forthcoming meeting.