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by: Danielle Dubetz
July 12, 2008
it, we're horrified, devastated."
BOCA RATON, FL --"I could not live in NY
anymore, due to the threat of 24-hours on TV that we were going to be
bombed again," said Bernard Seid.
and his wife Sheila treasure the hard-hat they received for their volunteer
work after 9-11. But Bernard says he still deals with the flash-backs.
"It was about a year, year and a half after 9-11
that I started getting the panic attacks. I couldn't get that smell
of death out of my mind," he said.
He thought escaping to Boca Raton would be the
"We saw this Eden and it was. The way they
presented it was magical and we said this is the place for us," he
say they moved in a year and a half later than scheduled, but when they
finally did, their unit was everything they dreamed it would be.
into this apartment, we love it, walking out of this apartment, it's
devastating," he said.
The building is more than 75 percent vacant and
outside, next to the fountains and flowers and palm trees that symbolize the
Boca Raton dream, looms the areas well-known eye sores.
A guard watches the property, though he says no
construction has happened for at least 3 months. And as far as what
"With a pool, a club house with full amenities,
24 hour concierge. We have none of that," said Sheila.
But they say it gets worse because the builder, Ceebraid-Signal
Corporation, is threatening to convert the condos to rental apartments.
"Thereby having us move out or our property would
be worth nothing," said Sheila, "Frustrated just doesn't do it,
we're horrified, devastated."
"And there's no end in sight," said Bernard.
Boca Raton City Manager, George Brown, says the
builder can turn the property into a rental if he wishes. We tried to
contact the builder to find out what this means for current owners, they
said there was no one available to speak with us.
The city says they're frustrated with the
situation. On Tuesday the builder will try to get approval to build a
Construction on the condominiums started in 2002.
Since then they've received 3 building permit extensions. Their
new deadline is September 2009.
The meeting is scheduled at City Hall on Tuesday
at 6:30 pm.