Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Moving-In Day Drawing Nearer at Lighthouse Pointe Yulee: Water, Sewer Woes Cause Delay

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Moving-In Day Drawing Nearer at Lighthouse Pointe Yulee: Water, Sewer Woes Cause Delay

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Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

Homeowners soon could begin moving into their houses at Lighthouse Pointe, an upscale development along Bells River near Yulee.

Plagued by years of problems getting water and sewer service to the subdivision, the developer is negotiating with the Jacksonville Electric Authority to provide service.

The negotiations appear promising, so promising that county leaders postponed a hearing scheduled for Feb. 26 in which they could have prohibited further development and sales of the property. They have set another hearing for 7 p.m. March 27 at the Nassau County temporary courthouse, Courtroom A, 191 Nassau Place in Yulee.

Meanwhile, homeowners, some of whom have had to delay moving in for almost a year, say they're tired of waiting.

" I've been paying $3,000 a month for nearly a year for the right to look at a house that I can't live in," Lany Rauer said.

Seven homes have been built in the subdivision, but there are no residents because the county instituted an occupancy ban in December. County officials don't want homeowners moving into the subdivision without access to water and sewer, said County Attorney Mike Mullin.

Developer Strickland Holloway of Amelia Island Ventures Inc., who has a planned unit development permit from the county, was supposed to have water and sewer provided by July 2000 under terms of the permit, Mullin said.

The ban will stay in place until Holloway proves to county officials that he can provide water and sewer to the 142 homes he's planning to put in Lighthouse Pointe, Mullin said.

Holloway initially tried to get service from United Water, but those negotiations ran into trouble when United Water said they wanted him to build a $1 million regional water plant that would serve 15,000 north Yulee customers, even though he only needed utilities for 142 homes. …

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