and Video Courtesy of
September 9, 2008
SANFORD, Fla. -- A
Sanford man whose wife and son were killed when an airplane crashed
into their home may have to tear down his rebuilt house because a
homeowners' association said he is breaking their rules.
Joe Woodard's wife and son were killed in the
July 2007 crash, and he's been building a new home on the same lot
for the past year.
"I felt I was helping the community move
forward with their lives because every time you see an empty lot or
a burned house, you continue to live through all the memories of
what happened," Woodard said.
But the House of Management Enterprises, which
represents the homeowners' association, said the home, which is a
from being completed, does not fit their standards and are demanding
that the house be torn down.
House of Management Enterprises
and their attorney refused to comment about the situation, Local 6
According to Woodard, the association wants
him to build the exact home he had before.
"The room my wife and I had together, the
room my son had ... I don't want to relive everything day by day
over again," Woodard said.
In a letter sent to Woodard from the attorney
of the homeowners' association, three specific items were mentioned.
The shingles on the home and the elevation are not consistent with
the community, and the home extends a few feet longer in the back
than association standards allow, the letter stated.
"It doesn't bother me. I've seen far
worse things than a house sticking out in the back farther than it
should be," neighbor Jerry Martin said.
Woodard said he hopes something can we worked
out by attorneys, so he can move in as soon as possible.
"I just want to know, why would they not
want me to build this house?" Woodard said.