In Southwest Florida the challenge seems to be in limiting the growth to what can be sustained by infrastructure. More and more we hear about large developments being planned but, where are the plans to expand the water supplies, the road networks, the school system or even jobs for the newcomers?
We have to trust that out elected representative will be there to control this growth, and keep it at a manageable level.
Then there is, as the real-estate people say, location, location, location, which of course means where they build. In the area near where I live the question has come up about Toxic materials in the ground that were left over from landfills. This is the in area of the old Foxfire Golf course, where Medallion Homes will be building the Waverley subdivision.
Medallion Homes is owned by Carlos Beruff, who is running for the Senate, and who was appointed to the SouthWest Water Management District by, I believe Charlie Crist, and then, some time later, resigned from that with his last official act being to OK the plans by one of his fellow developers, even though, as reports say, various boards recommended against it.
He has also had problems with Chinese Drywall which was put into a large portion of the homes he build… The Rip Off Report has this to say. When the question came up about remediation he said the cost would break the company, and refused to do it.. The Sarasota Herald Tribune has this to say.
To further muddy the waters the area they are building on, at the future Waverley site has a number of unlined landfills, which the county would rather not test, even though there have been indication that toxic chemicals, may be able to spread in the water table..
If you are curious about this, and want to know just what the fuss is all about, then you should go to the Foxfire West site and see what they have to say. From where I am sitting it looks to me that the developers are winning and the people getting sick, both of it and from it.
Now I have singled out Carlos Beruff but, I am sure he is not the only one who gets away with pulling tricks. Like developers who lay waste to wetlands but to stick more houses into an area.
That Joe Guy.