Sinkholes in Ocala FL threaten homes and residents: so why continue to build homes in Sinkhole Alley?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Another Buyer Beware warning: know the sinkhole risk for the land of your new neighborhood. Buyers may assume that city and county governments would never allow a developer to build homes on limestone-rich soil that is prone to sudden collapse sinkholes. After all, some of Florida’s sinkholes are large enough to swallow up vehicles and entire homes, lead to extensive property loss and, sometimes, even loss of human life. Continue ReadingSinkholes in Ocala FL threaten homes and residents: so why continue to build homes in Sinkhole Alley?

HOA, Condo, Co-op Stormwater and Flood Headaches (Nov. 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   STORMWATER ISSUES LEAVING CITY UP A CREEK (AL) by Emily Featherston September 22, 2017 Excerpt: Vestavia Lake, which sits on private property owned by the Vestavia Lake Homeowners Association (VLHA), has lost between three and six feet of depth in the last 20 years, according to homeowners Tommy McCain and Alan Arrington. That loss of depth, according to numerous studies by independent engineering and environmental firms, is the Continue ReadingHOA, Condo, Co-op Stormwater and Flood Headaches (Nov. 2017)

Water Woes: HOA storm water, flood, erosion headaches

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Since the 1970s, local governments have allowed – usually required – private developers to incorporate storm water control systems into newly constructed subdivisions of all types and sizes. Ongoing maintenance of retention ponds, drainage basins and swales, canals, weirs, dams, culverts, and related infrastructure has been assigned to private homeowners associations. For municipalities and counties, privatizing storm water management saved money by shifting cost burdens from taxpayers at Continue ReadingWater Woes: HOA storm water, flood, erosion headaches

Florida HOAs dealing with hardship and damage following Hurricane Irma

Homeowners and residents are picking up the pieces after Irma barreled through the entire state of Florida. Damage is widespread throughout the Sunshine State. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After Hurricane Irma: Singer Island condo condemned; people scramble Julius Whigham II Palm Beach Post Staff Writer 6:16 p.m Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 A wall of a Singer Island apartment complex toppled to the ground during Hurricane Irma, leading the city to condemn the property Continue ReadingFlorida HOAs dealing with hardship and damage following Hurricane Irma