SEFFNER, Fla. (WFLA) – It could be called a neighborhood eyesore. The home on Phillips Drive in Seffner is surrounded by refrigerators, clothes, paintings, shoes and broken down vehicles.
The man who owns the property, Clifton Noble, called it a business. But, neighbors who contacted 8 On Your Side don't buy it. They have been complaining about it for nearly two years.
Code enforcement officials told News Channel 8 they've done everything they can and have even fined the homeowner more than a quarter of a million dollars, which goes up $1,000 a day. The officials say it's illegal. Yet, the problem continues.
Noble told News Channel 8 it's a yard sale that he has three days a week several times a month. He said he gives good deals to folks who can't afford retails prices. "Because I'm a war veteran and I don't give a damn. I'm going to do what I want to do, OK?" Noble said when asked about the legality.
He said neighbors need to mind their own business. "I understand that these people have a problem, OK?" he said. "But I don't really give a damn."
News Channel 8 asked Noble about the fines levies against him. "I owe the county nothing," he said.
Noble said if things get damaged in the yard from the weather, he takes them to the dump. Neighbors say that's not true. Even if it was, they said, that's just not good enough.
Otis Williams live next door to Noble. "I had no idea I'd be living next to a junk yard," Williams said. "It's to the point, we can no longer take it. It's not a safe neighborhood."
William Randolph, who lives across the street, said everyone is worried about their property values.
Charles Phillips agreed. "It's just running the neighborhood down," Phillips told News Channel 8. "We live in a residential home area. We don't live in a salvage yard."
"Sooner or later, something has to give," Phillips said.
On Oct. 30 Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Noble for felony illegal dumping. He's due in court on Monday.
Code enforcement officials also tell News Channel 8 they are waiting to see if Noble gets convicted. If so, they're hoping part of his probation will include cleaning up the property.
They also tell News Channel 8 they talked with the Hillsborough County state attorney and are trying to get an injunction so Noble if forced to clean up his property or possibly face jail time.
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