of The Villages-News
By Meta Minton
Published June 21, 2020
Back in 2003, the neighbor put on an additional golf cart
garage and moved the air conditioning unit. Jerrell said that is when the
flooding began on her property. She claims that work was done without regard to
She and her husband went to speak with Sumter County
officials at that time. Jerrell claims that the recommendation from the county
was to install landscaping up to their property line.
“(It) was the only legal action we could take to defend our property from
destruction by our neighbors and their lawn company,” Jerrell said.
At one point, a makeshift dike was installed to fight the water war, but that
has since been removed.
Jerrell said the home next door has changed hands several times in recent years,
including its most recent owner who purchased it in 2018. That owner filed a
complaint against Jerrell’s landsaping.
In a public hearing Friday morning before the Community Development District 2
Board of Supervisors at Savannah Center, Jerrell faced the specific charge that
she put in the landscaping without approval.
“I understand that the Constitution gives me the right to defend my property
from being destroyed by the actions of others,” she said.
The board was clearly impacted by the widow’s plea and would not take a vote on
whether to find her in violation of deed compliance.
This pathway on the side of a house in The Villages was
found to be out of compliance.
Jerrell indicated she had hearing difficulties and lip
reading was out of the question because all of the officials were wearing masks
due to the Coronavirus.
The board voted to table the matter until August. It is hoped
that the board will hold that meeting at the District Office at Lake Sumter
Landing where the acoustics might be more favorable for Jerrell. She was
encouraged to bring a friend, family member, neighbor or an attorney who might
be able to help her present her case.