Dear neighbors, we are now at a Cross Roads. We are at a red light, and it is looking like the green light is never going to come our way.
What do I mean?
After years of fighting the good fight with honor, we have been disenfranchised by a very questionable court ruling and our City Officials have decided our cause does not justify any further expense.
They say they don't want to spend any more taxpayer money to defend the taxpayers!
So, we are now on our own, and stuck at the intersection of Country Club Lane and Golden Circle Payday Street. The light is stuck on red and City engineers are not coming out to fix it.
We have been urged to fight by making our feelings known to our City Council representatives and the Planning Commission.
We have been doing a pretty good job of that for nearly five years now.
I think they know what we want. Or better stated, they absolutely know what we don't want. Yet here we are, looking at a plan that ignores all of the ideas we have put forth for the past four years!
- 'The Villages' divides the community into three different neighborhoods, all appealing to a different demographic than what exists now.
- There are no accommodations for seniors to age in place
- There is no effort to preserve the indigenous landscape
- There are no tourist attractions or overnight accommodations
- There is no entertainment element or outdoor theatre venue
- There is no serious effort to mitigate huge traffic increases
- Most of the open space is for streets, drainage basins and slopes and the recreational element has no funding mechanism
So what am I suggesting?
It is time to start making noise and filing lawsuits about the property itself, and how the owner has damaged our community, violated our rights, caused us physical and financial damages, and is not living up to his community obligations legally or morally.
- His negligence has caused damage to environmental ecology.
- His lack of proper maintenance has increased fire and flood danger.
- His negligence has caused contamination of the groundwater
- The purposeful mismanagement has damaged area property values
We need legal assistance in order to achieve any significant impact, so this is a plea for volunteers to help us find some pro bono support.
The owner has deep pockets, and if he gets what he wants, they will get a lot deeper. I do not hold grudges against successful people, but when their success, or profit, comes at the expense of his innocent neighbors, I have no problem seeking financial relief from someone directly responsible for those damages.
I believe there is a case to be made that our community is being held hostage, and to some degree at least, illegally. The property owner has conspired to drive down property values! We have collectively suffered enormous damage caused by his conscious effort to degrade the entire neighborhood. A conspiracy charge is provable because the same tactics are being used in bankrupt golf property battles all over the country.
If I am right, a result could be an injunction to delay any permits until the case is heard and the community receives compensation.
So put your thinking caps on: do you know of any lawyers who might be willing to at least listen to our predicament? I am not casting aspersions on our fine ECCHO Legal council, but they have their hands tied in a number of ways. They are not the right agents of change for this kind of full frontal attack on the forces behind those holding our community for ransom.
Please let me know if you can offer any suggestions!