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Freeport demolishes first of many abandoned homes

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An abandoned home in the 600 block of Freeport's South Miami Avenue, is no more thanks to a project spearheaded by city leaders.

The home is the first of about 40 scheduled to be demolished. Mayor Jim Gitz says abandoned, overgrown properties and illegal dumping encourage crime and bad behavior in neighborhoods.

"It's our belief that abandoned, unsafe, and dangerous homes are also an invitation to crime and therefore, if we're going to rescue our neighborhoods, rehabilitate them, and make them safe, we need to take down the abandoned and unsafe housing," Gitz said.

Gitz also said the City will not limit demolition to residential structures and that commercial buildings that are not in good repair will also be razed.

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