Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Road Pact Amended to Allow 25 Move-Ins; but a Commissioner Says Developers Counted on Getting the Exemption

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Road Pact Amended to Allow 25 Move-Ins; but a Commissioner Says Developers Counted on Getting the Exemption

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Byline: KEVIN TURNER

YULEE -- Nassau County will allow 25 Amelia National homeowners to move in before a four-lane road to the subdivision is complete.

Commissioners on Monday amended an agreement with the eight developers of the Amelia Concourse extension. That agreement had prohibited anyone moving into the subdivisions along the concourse until the extension was finished.

Amelia National's developer asked for the change since the two lanes of the four have been completed up to the entrance to Amelia National. The remaining two are expected to be completed shortly.

When complete, the Amelia Concourse will run 3.5 miles from Florida A1A and Chester Road to Nassauville Road, near Frank Ward Road.

Mike Bradberry told commissioners last month that a home sales agent said that because two lanes were completed, his family should be able to move in to Amelia National soon. On that advice, Bradberry and his family moved into a vacation rental home in December, expecting to be there two weeks.

Commissioner Ansley Acree, who cast the lone vote against the amendment, said developers and builders didn't inform buyers of potential snags in their home purchases because they assumed the county would grant the exception. If the commission had blocked the exception, homebuyers likely would have filed suit against the developers and builders, preventing the situation from happening again, Acree said.

"My concern is that it's going to continue to happen," Acree said. "Once we open the door, it allows more potential abuse. Until the board does what it's supposed to be doing, they're going to take advantage of us. It's a game with them. And we keep allowing them to play."

The dispute between the builder and the buyer was a private one, and the commission should not have gotten involved, Acree said.

"The developer's agreement says four lanes, and they need to abide by that developer's agreement," Acree said. "When [builders] pull a permit, they should know the developer's agreement. …

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