New London [CT} man disputes blight violation for bamboo grove

New London [CT} man disputes blight violation for bamboo grove ^ | October 14, 2017 | Greg Smith

Posted on 10/16/2017, 7:57:47 AM by Daffynition

New London — The man facing a criminal charge for what city officials say is his failure to maintain an unruly bamboo grove claims he is being unfairly targeted by the city and he is mounting a legal defense in Superior Court.

Carlos Carrion of 16 Borodell Place entered a not guilty plea last week in New London Superior Court to the city’s first blight-related criminal infraction under a newly revised blight ordinance. The ordinance allows for criminal penalties and fines when civil actions are exhausted.

City officials claim Carrion repeatedly refused to trim back his bamboo and clean up his property.

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