Power Turned Back On At 345-Unit Condo Complex

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WFTV Channel 9 -- ABC

ORLANDO -- Daytona Beach

Published February 9, 2010



The power was back on Monday afternoon for more than 300 Orange County condos. Earlier in the day, Progress Energy shut off power to the Blossom Park Condos on Landstreet Road (see map) because the condo association didn't pay its bills.


Without power, people wouldn't have been allowed to live in their homes.


Residents were still riled up about Monday's nearly four-hour power outage. Without power, the fire alarm system wasn't operational and the lift station that pumps sewage for residents wasn't operational. Now that power has been restored, residents will be allowed to stay.


“Management, they knew about this, they had to know about this,” resident Henry Williams said.

According to Orange County Code Enforcement, someone did. Officers paid a visit to the condo association office on Friday to let office staff know Progress Energy was planning to shut off the power.   


Monday, a spokesman with Progress Energy said the company has been working with the complex since September to resolve payment issues. According to residents, the bill reached more than $50,000.



“No, it's not fair to us,” resident Debrann Negron said.


Many of the property owners aren't local and rent their units. Some of those owners had no idea the utility bill was unpaid. But some residents are now asking for an audit of what has and has not been paid. According to the state, those documents should be available for owner's inspection.


A woman identified to Eyewitness News as a member of the condo association board made a hasty exit from the parking lot. Residents said there will be an election for a new board in a couple of weeks.


In the meantime, a few of the largest property owners got together to make a partial payment to Progress Energy. It was enough for Progress Energy to turn the power back on.


“We're paying what we're supposed to be paying. Is it right for hard-working single moms to have to go through this?” Negron questioned.


The state agency that regulates condo associations said there hasn't been a marked increase in complaints about non-payment to utility companies, but there has been a spike in complaints about empty units, which make it harder for some associations to pay the bills.


This isn’t the first housing complex to run into trouble. Similar situations seem to be popping up across Central Florida. More than 300 residents at the Cascades Condos nearly had their water turned off because of an overdue $50,000 bill in September. Since then, the condo association has fired its management company for negligence.