Cape Coral zombie boats denied extension
10:17 p.m. EDT September 17, 2015
A Cape Coral magistrate said Thursday that he felt owners of three dilapidated boats in a canal "hoodwinked" him and the city last month by asking for a 15-day extension to remove the boats and then taking no action.
Citing that lack of action, Special Magistrate Harold Eskin denied a request by Andreas Plattner and his wife for a further extension of 30 days to remove the three boats.
"They haven't demonstrated a good reason for an extension of time or any other circumstances that would prevent them from complying," Eskin said during the code compliance hearing.
With no extension the fines for the Plattners' estate start up again at $100 per day, as well as owing $100 per day from July 27 to Thursday, a sum of $5,200.
However, Eskin declined to fulfill the city's request to raise the fines from $100 per day to $250 per day.
"There are due process concerns," Eskin said. "We have to give sufficient notice before we can increase the fine."