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Flea Market Fallout


COMING UP WE WILL HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO TRIED TO REPORT THE TREE BEFORE THE CRASH. HUNDREDS OF VENDORS HAVE LOST THEIR WORKSPACE BECAUSE THE OWNER RAY PASCOE COUNTY FLEA MARKET COULD NOT KEEP HIS BUILDING UP TO CODE THE QUESTION NOW WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT? WE HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR THE ANSWER ALL DAY WHAT DID YOU FIND? GOOD EVENING, THIS IS THE MIDDLE OF A BLAME GAME SO I ASKED THE COUNTY WAS RESPONSIBLE THE COUNTY SAYS THE OWNER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FIRE MARSHAL ADMITTED THIS BUILDING HAD NOT BEEN THOROUGHLY INSPECTED FOR MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS SO I ASKED THE BUSINESS OWNER IF IT WAS HIS FAULT HE SAYS NO. HE HAS DONE EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO IMPROVE THIS PLACE. VENDORS ARE PITCHING A FIT AND CURSING. AND CRYING THEIR EYES OUT BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW HOW THEY WILL PAY FOR THE NEXT MEAL. I COME HOME TO THE PHONE CALL I DON’T HAVE A JOB. THE OWNER IS NOT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PROBLEM. WHEN I ASKED ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY AND VENDOR SAFETY HE WENT OFF ON A TANGENT. IF THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY THEY WILL GO OUT IN PASCOE COUNTY IT IS INTERESTED — INFESTED WITH DRUGS AND PROSTITUTION. YOU FEEL ANY RESPONSIBILITY? MORALLY I DO BUT FINANCIALLY I DON’T. THE OWNER TOOK OVER IN 2015 AND SAYS HE HAS IMPROVED THE PROPERTY. EVERYONE KNOWS I TRY HARD HERE TO KEEP THEIR LIVELIHOOD INTACT. VENDORS RALLIED AROUND THE OWNER TODAY. THEY ARE STANDING BEHIND HIM. WE ARE GOING NOWHERE SUDDENLY HE CAME IN AND SAID GIVE ME ONE YEAR I WILL BRING THIS BACK AND HE DID. HE KEPT TRYING. THE COUNTY SAYS IT WAS NOT ENOUGH. SO MANY VIOLATIONS IT WILL HAVE TO BE TORN DOWN. Reporter: WE HEARD THERE WERE 70 VENDORS WHO OPERATE OUT OF YOUR BUT IT IS CLOSER TO 300 THE OWNER IS TELLING THEM PLEASE STAY WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE A DEAL WITH THE COUNTY BUT AT LAST CHECK THEY SAID EVERYONE SHOULD GET OUT AND THIS PLACE IS NOT GOING TO OPEN UP ANYTIME SOON. THE COUNTY SAYS IT WILL BE BULLDOZED SO A LOT OF BACK-AND- FORTH.

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