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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