Gulf Pines disrepair renews demolition discussion

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM.

The one constant in the saga of the former Gulf Pines Hospital is the steady decay of the facility since the hospital closed a decade ago.

With neighbors again noting the general state of disrepair and potential for wildlife – two- and four-footed – haunting the years-vacant hospital, Port St. Joe commissioners have dusted off the playbook they had been looking at last year.

And not much has changed save the extent of the decay.

The financial pieces remain largely intact, city attorney Tom Gibson said.

The IRS maintains a lien on the building.

The IRS has indicated in the past a willingness to work with the city on reducing the lien, however an obstacle in that path is the presence of at least two tax deeds/certificates and one additional year of outstanding property taxes, a portion of which would actually be owed the city.

The amount of the tax certificates/deeds is $40,000; the outstanding taxes owed the county – and city –amount to $90,000, Gibson said.

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