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USA Flea Market Shut Down for Code Violations, “Significant Threat to Public Safety”

PORT RICHEY (PASCO) – Pasco County Code Enforcement has ordered the closing of the USA Flea Market on US-19, after officials say numerous violations posed a “significant threat to public safety.” 
According to reports, Officials uncovered hundreds of fire, building and electrical violations. Many of those violations include unprotected electrical panels, roof and support beam failure, and unpermitted plumbing access points. Officials say, “This electric is extremely dangerous.”
Nannice Phillips tells RNRF that she and her husband operated The Tackle Shack and More inside the Flea Market but that it’s not their only source of income. Unfortunately, Phillips says there are quite a few people who rely on the market as their sole source of income. I asked Phillips if she was aware of the code violations and she said, “To tell you the truth, we did not pay much attention to the violations. We just figured that was flea market spaces.” Phillips says, “We were told we have 2 weeks to get all of our items out. Not sure if and when it will ever open again – We will not be returning.”
Pasco County released a near hour long video that points out the numerous violations. (CLICK HERE TO WATCH)
The USA Flea Market has been in operation for over 50 years and was home to over 70 venders on its 40-acre site.
Officials say the flea market will not reopen until all the violations have been corrected.

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  • I don’t know why anyone would be crying over the demise of that property. It is a national disaster just waiting to happen. Bring in the D9s and just flatten the whole shebang it is a toilet.
    The irony here is those whinging about the nanny state mentality of the inspectors would be the first to sue the owners of that place if the roof fell in on them.
    Look at what’s happened to a block of flats in London in the last week? Do you want the same in America? If someone spilled just a litre of metho in the joint the lot would be gone in a flash.

    Sunday, 18 June 2017, 9:40 am
  • Someone who rented at the flea market told me that there was a major electrical problem and they called an electrician in to get it fixed. The work required to be done was something that the electrician had to pull a permit for because otherwise he would be breaking the law. That is when the county stepped in, inspected it and shut it down He also told me that the flea market has been told several times and the new owners always promised to fix all of the problems and they never have.

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 2:12 pm
  • Sorry, but I’m not buying that they’ve been trying to work on it. You have newer LED lights throughout that are spliced out in the open with wirenuts. There’s nothing I can see that looks like anyone is trying to work on anything.

    Thursday, 15 June 2017, 12:48 am
  • Watched the whole video. Does Pasco County know how bad this makes “THEM” look? Who’s been performing the annual inspections there? That sprinkler system looks atrocious, hopefully they wrote up all those deficiencies on their inspection report. Don’t care who wants to buy the property, this didn’t happen in the last week.

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 11:47 pm
  • its been like this as far as I can remember. They have had many inspections and passed. Now all of a sudden they have multiple significant violations.. either some one was getting paid off and now lack of funds caused this or some one paid some one bc they want the property up for purchase.. either way its obvious something questionable has happened at some point in time. oh well welcome to politics of money.

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 10:13 pm
  • ll the real issues going on in pasco county the last thing they need to worry about is the hard working ppl at the flea market. Some of those vendors have been there for yrs and there’s no way there gonna be able to move all there things in 2 weeks. Leave them alone and deal with the county’s criminal issues. Drugs are all over Pasco but let’s wast time on a flea market that only gives it’s customers a nice day. Government sucks

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 9:49 pm
  • been there for 5 years and and always been the same and the staff been working hard making things right there,,200+ vendors gone and nobody cares.. i have a feeling a big shot wants this land for a hotel

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 9:12 pm
  • Permitting and inspection in Hernando County is a joke. You need a permit to replace existing windows in your own home! Why? You get a permit to have a shed installed with all the rules and regulations, and the inspection is a “drive by”? We had a licensed plumber do work in our home and found our jetted tub was connected to the drain by landscaping pipe and duct tape. The power to this was a light switch located beneath the tub! He said he could not continue in Hernando County, because the inspectors wanted payoffs to approve jobs done. This is most likely the way it goes in Pasco County too. The owner of the flea market needs to pay the renters for the remainder of their paid up contracts, now.

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 7:55 pm
    • If your name is Tom Gibbs who lives on Highfield you don’t need a permit. He says he has the commissioners and the code enforcement in his back pocket, and to look at his property you can believe it

      Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 9:03 pm
    • I enjoy reading the comments after the stories and take most with a grain of salt. I was a building contractor in Hernando County for 25 years and never once was approached or even heard of bribery in the building dept. I even tried to buy an inspector a dinner he was having with his wife and he respectfully declined.
      As for the improper spa tub hookup, sounds like a Harry Homeowner job to me.

      Thursday, 15 June 2017, 12:59 am
  • Sassy has an excellent thought about developers. Also could be a vendor got upset over interaction with owner(s) and contacted county as pay back. Regardless many people are now forced to scramble to make plans in 2 weeks. Some will not recover if this is only livelihood and that’s a shame. Let’s hope owner does right by them – returning any rents paid, assisting relications if possible, then fixing as many problems as possible so loyal vendors can return. Loyal vendors have supported owner(s) all these years. If treated right they will return I’m sure.

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 6:20 pm
  • I first went to this flea market in 1992 and it has been like this since then. So all of a sudden the county does an inspection and shuts it down. My question to Pasco County would be “why now”? Could it be that the land is being eyed by a developer??

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 4:48 pm
    • Yup. Bet it’s a hotel. Last piece of real estate near the coast until well, way up there.

      Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 6:57 pm
    • That’s it. I heard in ’07 that big bucks had their eye on it. Slip a few to the county and they’re in.

      Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 7:18 pm
    • That all may be true, but the owners practically are handing it to them on a silver platter with everything wrong here. I watched the video linked in the article, and to be honest, I don’t think there’s any fixing this. I think the place is going to have to come down. If they developers have their eye on this place, the owners could at least make it hard for the county to find reasons to shut them down.

      Thursday, 15 June 2017, 1:02 am
      • Why is it any more dangerous than camping? People go there to save. Shut down underutilized malls, instead.

        Thursday, 15 June 2017, 5:39 pm
      • What appears to have happened was the county failed to go out and check things out once in a while and let the violations pile up.
        Whether it was by design or not is speculation.

        Saturday, 17 June 2017, 1:18 pm
  • That’s the county for you they want their piece of the pie .some body wants the property so they call the county. Government is taking money from the Veterans on the 2018 budget proposal . Now this is away to shaft the other people. You have to remember those guys in the building Dept gets a good retirement . There not worried .

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 4:35 pm
  • Been like that for the 13 years I have been in Florida, makes you wonder why this is happening now?

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 4:29 pm

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