The Criminal Nuisance Abatement Board was established by City Ordinance on January 11, 1998. The Board consists of five members appointed by the Mayor. Their purpose is to hear complaints of public nuisances on property where there is drug or prostitution related offenses, crimes at any pain-management clinic, dealing in stolen property, or gang activity. The Board also has the power to levy fines and request foreclosure, when appropriate.
The legislation, which enables the Board to take action is located in Florida Statute 893.138. As of October 1, 1994, the statute was amended to include the manufacture or cultivation of any controlled substance – providing additional circumstances, which constitute a nuisance.
Additional Statues provide legislation regarding the definition of “Youth and Street Gang, Dealing in Stolen Property,” and information about leasing or renting for the purpose of trafficking, and enforcement of agency action.
The Board works closely with Representatives of the Orlando Police Department. The cases are initiated by the Police Department staff. Property owners who fail to come into compliance after being issued a notice by the Police Department are then presented to the Criminal Nuisance Abatement Board.