September 29, 2023
Jennifer Parr

A deed compliance debacle has prompted officers to ask The Villages Vice President Jennifer Parr to a future assembly.

Paul Hellebuyck of the Village of Hemingway has been caught up in a long-running deed compliance case. He claims he unknowingly purchased his house at 2577 Dunbar Ave. with landscaping that was not in compliance.

He invested one other $26,000 within the landscaping, however didn’t get approval from the Architectural Overview Committee. He claims he needed to spend one other $10,000 to convey the property again into compliance.

“The property was not in compliance once I purchased it. I made it look higher,” Hellebuyck stated.

He was earlier than the Group Improvement District 7 Board of Supervisors on Thursday morning asking for forgiveness of $2,600 in fines imposed on the time his property was not in compliance.

Supervisors had sympathy for Hellebuyck as a result of he had no concept he had been bought a home that was not in compliance. He requested for “mercy” from the board.

“I’ve an enormous drawback that the home was purchased out of compliance and the itemizing agent didn’t disclose that it was out of compliance,” stated Supervisor Steve Lapp.

He made a movement to scale back Hellebuyck’s fantastic to $1,450. It handed on a 3-1 vote. Supervisor Ed Coleman voted towards it, apparently against the notion of forgiving any portion of the fantastic. Supervisor Judi-ann Rutherford was absent from the assembly.

The difficulty prompted Lapp to name for the invitation of the Parr-led Properties of The Villages to seem earlier than the board to debate the issue of out-of-compliance homes being bought in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

“I would like The Villages gross sales division to tell us what the answer will be,” Lapp stated. “Miss Parr can select to simply accept or decline our invitation.”

CDD 7 Board Chairman Jerry Vicenti agreed that the subject deserves to be on the agenda.

“We’ve to handle it. How? I don’t know. But it surely’s an issue,” Vicenti stated.

He indicated that the problem shall be positioned on the board’s agenda for October.

In July, a Districtwide assembly was held at Savannah Middle and officers agreed that the sale of out-of-compliance houses is the largest drawback in The Villages.