Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

D.R. Horton to Repair Ailing Whispering Pines Pond; Residents Were Worried the Developer Would Shrug off Responsibility

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

D.R. Horton to Repair Ailing Whispering Pines Pond; Residents Were Worried the Developer Would Shrug off Responsibility

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Byline: terry brown

Susan Irvine's eyes filled with tears when she heard the good news -- the watery monster that continues to swallow her back yard will be tamed.

For the past 18 months, she and her husband, Joe, have watched the steep incline of their backyard erode into a pond in their Whispering Pines neighborhood in Julington Creek Plantation. Along the way, the couple spent more than $10,000 of their retirement fund in an effort to slow the destruction -- to no avail.

The erosion hasn't been a problem just for the Irvines, however. About 10 homes in the neighborhood are experiencing some sort of yard loss.

The issue became a flash point at the Property Association's board meeting on March 1 when Whispering Pines residents brought the issue before the board and expressed their concerns about being left holding the bag on repairs after developer D.R. Horton hands over the reins of ownership to the residents on April 18.

At the conclusion of the meeting, it was uncertain as to whether the developer or the community would be responsible for the corrections. D.R. Horton board member Kenny Johns had waffled on the issue when asked by members of the audience, prodding residents to voice their concerns in a testy shoutdown with board members.

POA meeting facilitator Richard Curran-Kelley said the problem would be taken care of, and resident members David Taus and James Richardson assured residents they would not let the matter divert the handover of the community to the homeowners.

"We're trying to work [the erosion issue] through with the developer," Curran-Kelley said during the meeting.

Turns out it didn't take long for the decision on responsibility to be made.

Dale Lovell, a regulatory scientist with the St. Johns River Water Management District, paid the Irvines a visit March 3. Though it wasn't responsible for building them, the Water Management District has jurisdiction for managing the ponds and lakes in the Plantation. …

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