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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 1:44 pm

ROCKAWAY BEACH — Rockaway Beach aldermen Monday night approved a replatting for a property owner who neighbors say is in violation of their subdivision covenants.

Barney Naioti, city attorney, said he is unsure as to whether or not the city has any legal authority to enforce covenants, however.

Jeff Coffell told aldermen he wants to construct a building on his property, which prior to Monday night’s meeting had been made up of three parcels and now has been combined into one, to store his personal construction equipment.

The city previously revoked Coffell’s building permit for the project and ordered him to remove the existing temporary structure by Nov. 15.

Alderman Jerry Simms said combining the lots does not mean Coffell has the green light to go forward with his project, however.

Simms said if Coffell’s building is a temporary structure, the building must be able to be moved quickly. As a permanent structure, the building's wheels and axles would need to be removed.

Coffell’s deadline to remove the temporary building was extended to the end of the month to give Naioti time to do additional research.

Coffell said Monday his plans for the building will make it resemble his existing residence on the property and stressed he doesn’t want to make his property, or the area, look bad as it would negatively impact his property values.

He said he will present a detailed drawing to city officials, but was waiting until the replatting was approved to do so.

Some of Coffell’s neighbors complained to the board, but Naioti said the city won’t get involved in a legal dispute between property owners.

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