New former meth house ordinance in the works
ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- There's a new plan to protect St. Johns County neighbors from former meth labs.
After an Action News investigation revealed homes were being legally sold without disclosing that they used to house meth labs, now one local county is pushing to become the first to change that.
"We've identified a need to add an extra level of protection for our residents," said SJC spokesperson Michael Ryan.
He says public attorneys are drawing up an ordinance that would notify potential home buyers and neighbors about these meth homes and make information more readily available online.
"Our ultimate goal is to arm and empower our residents with the knowledge when they purchase a new property to understand what happened on that property prior," said Ryan.
The county also hopes to include a measure that requires extra cleaning of these former meth homes to protect future buyers.
The specifics of the ordinance are still under review and are scheduled to go to the board of county commissioners sometime within the next three to four months.
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