Mosley Motel: City votes to close part of crime-ridden St. Petersburg motel

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St. Petersburg, Florida -- After hours of hearings, the city voted Wednesday night to close part of a crime-ridden St. Pete motel.

Police say they've been called out to the Mosley Motel 1,100 times in just the past 18 months. A neighboring business has had a window shot out.

Wednesday night, the city's Nuisance Abatement Board voted to close part of the motel.

Plus, the owner is getting a list of steps he can take to potentially earn permission to reopen the closed areas.

This means most of the more than 200 people who live in the motel -- several dozen of them children -- won't have to relocate or move out onto the street.

St. Petersburg's Nuisance Abatement Board did consider shutting down the entire motel.

That idea had many of the people living there scared for what's next.

The managers of the $730 a month motel say they do a good job, and a few bad apples are causing all of the concern.

State inspection reports obtained by 10 News do provide some support for the managers' arguments.

The Mosley Motel has passed seven of its eight inspections since the beginning of 2010.

The inspection in January of this year that did lead to a follow-up found:
 - Roaches in a room
 - Fire extinguisher boxes that were locked
 - Flammable things like furniture stored near furnaces

It appears those issues had all been fixed by the next inspection.

Still, police say the place has earned its reputation for drug dealing, prostitution, and violence.

If you are in need of low-income housing, you can contact the St. Pete Housing Authority at (727) 323-3171 or try the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless at (727) 528-5763.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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