|Posted by Anne Siren on April 4, 2013 at 6:40 AM|
By Judy Wilson
Deerfield Beach – Twenty five residents in Century Village East have had the $100 permit fee for installing satellite TV remitted after a protest was filed last month with the Federal Communications Commission.
In response to a petition for a ruling on the fees filed by Serge DeRose, a homeowner in Berkshire B, the FCC has ordered the city to suspend attempts to enforce its restrictions on the installation of satellite TV equipment. The letter was dated March 8 but not received here until the 14th. Fees collected after the 8th have been returned.
Said DeRose, “People were saying I’m crazy, but now I am very proud of what we achieved.”
DeRose and his neighbors, the 22 unit owners in Berkshire B, did not receive the refund. Their satellite dish antennas were installed in March 2011.
In December of 2012, a city building official inspected the installation and cited the dish owners for violating the Florida Building Code by failing to obtain a building permit.
Additionally, this year the city told the dish owners that a new electrical code requires upgraded wiring. DeRose estimated the cost to each unit at $420, an amount he claimed “unreasonable” under FCC rules.
The FCC is continuing its investigation of the situation and during this time the city must suspend all attempts to enforce its rules.
After building official John Donohue cited the Berkshire unit owners, DeRose and two others met with city officials to get a clear understanding of their problem. At that time, they were told the already- installed dishes were subject to new standards pursuant to the electrical code and ordered corrective actions or the possibility of $200 per day penalties.
According to the city’s public information officer Rebecca Medina, no further action will be taken by the city until a final ruling by the FCC is received. If the ruling favors the city’s permitting process, the refunded amounts will be due again.