and Video Courtesy of
Channel 9 -- ABC
-- Daytona Beach
Published January 20, 2010
MARY, Fla. -- Some Lake Mary homeowners
say a private landowner is ruining their neighborhood. One man owns the
neighborhood front and fountain, as well as the retention pond, at the
Hills of Lake Mary and neighbors said he’s trashing the areas and
there's little the homeowner’s association (HOA) has been able to do to
make the areas look better.
the Hills of Lake Mary, what was the sparkling fountain at
the main entrance is now a dirt pit.
stands out. People, just the common public, have gone by
and noticed, ‘What happened to your fountain?’"
resident Carol Linville said.
out, it's not the neighborhood's fountain. When people
bought homes there, residents didn't know part of the
entrance was privately-owned by attorney William Glenn
Roy. When the fountain began to leak after a car hit it
and neighbors complained, Roy hired crews to fill it with
doesn't look like he wants to be reasonable," resident Charlie
owns the land and claims he's made fair offers to sell it and is now just
doing what he sees fit with his property.
know he probably legally has a right to do what he's
doing. But morally, I don't think its right,” Jamieson
one point, Roy wanted to charge residents a usage fee,
claiming that the run-off water from their property ran
straight into the retention pond on his land.
can you charge someone for water run off from a public
road?" Jamieson asked.
is an odd dispute, but similar disputes can develop in many Central
Florida subdivisions, especially those that went through several owners
during development. Attorneys say there may be easement rights, which can
block the private owner from putting up big walls or charging fees. But
other changes, like turning a fountain into a pit, are tougher for an HOA
just really displays a bad taste in my mouth,” Carol Linville said.
can try to claim a code violation. Otherwise, if they can't meet the
owner's price to buy the land, they may be out of luck.
Roy told Eyewitness News that residents of the HOA had been harassing him
for months. He says the car accident that damaged the front fountain
caused $90,000 in damage.