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EYESORE: Gulf Breeze property owner cleans up vacant Delchamps
GULF BREEZE -- For years--the old Delchamps building in Gulf Breeze has been vacant.
With graphic graffiti. Piles of rubble.. and rats---
The empty building soon became a nightmare for those who live nearby.
The property has been cleaned up and neighbors are noticing a difference.
"The walls of this Delchamps use to have graffiti all over them rats running around and neighbors had concerns about these issues, but now a new coat of paint and those problems have resolved."
Right off Highway 98 sits the former Delchamps building.. it's been vacant for years.
It stood through Hurricane Ivan and Dennis both storms caused damage to the grocery store..
Then vandals tagged the building with graphic graffiti.
Barbara Mozur "It was just a lot of graffiti ...hate graffiti and junk." "It was awful it was just awful."
Bob Tucker "It was a mess it was a big pile of junk and just awful."
People say eventually the pile of junk outside the building attracted other nuisances ...Rats.
Barbara Mozur "We had a few dead ones in the driveway. I imagine they were eating the poison that was out in the yard, but we have neighborhood pets and you don't want them eating the poison. It was a conflict kill the rats and kill the pets."
Neighbors say they were sick and tired of dealing with the eyesore and grabbed the ear of the Santa Rosa County Code Enforcement.
Code enforcement told the property owner -Moulton Properties -to clean the mess up and secure the building.
Barbara Mozur "It was a long time coming I'm glad they did it."
No citations were ever issued to the property owners..
It's still unclear what the plans are for the building... A for sale sign still sits outside.
But neighbors have their own ideas.
Barbara Mozur "I hope it gets tenants that would be the ultimate or knock it down and see something new come in."
"A bowling alley something nice..just something maybe for the kids."
"We reached out to the Moulton Properties of Pensacola and heard no response."