(WSVN) – Fed up with smelling an overwhelming stench, a viewer contacted 7Investigates about a health hazard just outside their apartment complex. Kevin Ozebek from the night shift has tonight’s special mission report Something Stinks.
Imagine stepping out of your front door and seeing a constant stream of foul-smelling sewage attracting bugs along with piles of toilet paper and solid human waste.
Kevin Ozebek: âDescribe the smell here. “
MichÃ¨le Davis, resident: âThe smell is horrible. It’s ridiculous.”
Michele Davis and others who live in Presidential Apartments on Lake Shore in northwest Miami-Dade have said they have had enough.
Ruby Murray, resident: âWe have to clean up. They have to fix it because we are paying a lot of money to stay here.
Residents say the pooling of sewage in this parking lot has been a running problem for years, and county records back it up.
We found this violation of the 2018 code. It states that due to a broken sewer line coming from the building to the parking lot “there is sewage water overflowing and the smell is unbearable”.
Kevin Ozebek: âIt’s really hot here. “
Woman who doesn’t want to be identified: âYeah. “
Kevin Ozebek: âI imagine that doesn’t help the stench that comes with it. “
Woman: “It doesn’t help at all, and I’m trying to figure out when they’re going to come out and have someone clean it up, because it’s unsanitary.” “
This tenant who does not want to be identified says she has filed a complaint, but nothing happened.
Woman: âWe went in person to the property manager. We did it all.
After seeing the sewage for ourselves, we called the Miami-Dade Environmental Resource Management Division to see if any complaints had been made with their office. None were.
But right after our call, they sent an inspector.
He then filed this report saying he saw “feces and toilet paper” and “raw sewage pooled in the parking lot”.
Michele Davis: âIt’s ridiculous for our children. We shouldn’t have to stay like this.
But now look at Lake Shore Presidential Apartments! The county gave 24 hours for the violation to be corrected and the sewage was cleaned up.
We even spotted the source of the leak that was being repaired.
Michele Davis: âThey’re doing the job now. “
But we still wanted to know why the sewage had not been cleaned up earlier, so we went to the manager’s office on site.
Kevin Ozebek: âIs the property manager here? ”
No luck, so we went to the offices of Kevin Faith, the registered agent of the company that owns the apartment complex.
Kevin Ozebek: âWe are looking to speak to one of the business partners. ”
No luck yet.
But right after we left, his office, the church group, emailed us saying, âWe spoke to management and they advised us and this matter was rectified.
Then we called the company that manages the Presidential Apartments on Lake Shore âStrategic Propertiesâ.
Their customer service manager told us he couldn’t find any complaints about the sewage in his computer system, but promised the issue was being resolved.
Ademir Perea, Director of Customer Service at Strategic Properties: âSome of our tenants threw different items in the toilet, and that’s why the situation got worse. This whole situation should return to normal.
Kevin Ozebek: âThis is exactly what the residents have been waiting to hear.
MichÃ¨le Davis: âIt’s perfect. It’s much better.
If the sewage and stench ever return, the 7Investigates team will demand answers.
If you have an environmental hazard in your complex or neighborhood, you can report it directly to the county …
The public can report 24/7 via email: [email protected]
Or online: feedback.Miamidade.Gov/jfe/form/sv_233o9nkjbgzxp6K.
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