June 20, 2024

Monday Deadline to Support Blight Law

Posted by Lexington Park Business and Community Association
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Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, is the last day to include your support for an anti-blight law in Lexington Park, MD, before the record closes and the ordinance is taken up for a vote by St. Mary’s County Commissioners.

Blight laws allow local government to step in when a property’s dilapidation is driving down neighboring property values. Blight laws do not deal with individual properties’ upkeep standards, as in some neighborhoods which enforce covenants. Blight laws operate in densely populated areas and are designed to protect the property rights of neighbors damaged by nearby dangerous and unsafe structures.

The text of the anti-blight ordinance was published Nov. 1 and Nov. 11, 2013, in The Enterprise.

The Lexington Park Business and Community Association launched an e-mail effort to  garner support for passage of the blight law which the civic association considers vital to the future economic health of Lexington Park. “Blighted properties are the bane of community revitalization,” said Robin Finnacom, acting director of the St. Mary’s County Economic Development Department.

To support the blight law on behalf of the safety and revitalization of Lexington Park, MD, please e-mail the St. Mary’s County Board of County Commissioners. The basic information is provided here:

Subject: Creation or Maintenance of Blight Prohibited

Dear Sirs and Madams,

I am a citizen of St. Mary’s County and I support the anti-blight ordinance under your current consideration.

Laws such as these are needed particularly in Lexington Park, MD, for the health and safety of citizens and the community’s economy. Blighted structures depress the property values of everyone around them.

I encourage you to vote in favor of adopting this ordinance into the Code of St. Mary’s County, Maryland and enforcing it once it is on the books.

Thank you.


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