Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beaches Officials Want End to Sly Subdivisions

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beaches Officials Want End to Sly Subdivisions

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Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer

Neptune Beach wants Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach to help push for a Jacksonville ordinance setting guidelines for property owners who subdivide then sell their properties.

"A lot of problems we have is people subdividing and not platting with the city," said Neptune Beach City Manager Dick Linn.

The issue was brought up at a recent Neptune Beach council meeting when Councilwoman Harriet Pruette asked that the city address subdivisions of property.

"If we don't get a handle on it, we'll be in big trouble," Pruette said in an interview.

Linn suggested the three Beaches cities get together and enact an ordinance that would go to the Jacksonville City Council stating that no piece of property can be subdivided unless approved by the individual city's planning or development boards before it is registered with the tax assessor.

"Developers and real estate will fight it," Linn said. "They can subdivide and legally record it."

Developer Steve Jarrett, who was at the meeting, said the ordinance would never pass at the local level, but that it must be passed at the state level.

In the past seven months, Neptune Beach has confronted two situations dealing with subdivision of properties made without the city's knowledge. Residents of the Waters Edge Drive area of Neptune Beach, just south of Atlantic Boulevard on the Intracoastal Waterway, came before the council last fall requesting lots of record for their properties. Lots of record are parcels of land, deeds or plats of subdivisions that have been approved by the city and recorded with Duval County. The homes were originally built as apartments, which have lots of record. But the complex's owner, H. Leon Holbrook, then sold the apartments individually as town homes without the city's approval. The homes were recorded with the county but not with the city. Since they were not recorded with the city, there were no lots of record. …

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