Judge dismisses lawsuit against VECDD


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A Circuit Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit by four Viera East homeowners and commercial property owners seeking to stop the Board of Supervisors of the Viera East Community Development District from purchasing an $11.2 million bond for the golf course and park improvements.

The four homeowners – Robert Dale, Paul F. Daley, Steve Colasinski and Trisha Smith – appeared before 18th Judicial Circuit Court Judge George T. Paulk in the Titusville Historic Courthouse on Feb. 7.

The judge granted the summary judgment to the VECDD, citing that there “wasn’t enough evidence” and “no issues of material fact in contention” by the four homeowners to grant the lawsuit.

Attorney Blake Edwards, who represented the four homeowners at the hearing, said they may appeal the judge’s ruling. “We’re looking at all of our options,” he said.

Despite a majority of residents that voiced their opposition during a public hearing July 25, 2019, in the multi-purpose room of the Faith Lutheran Church, 5550 Faith Drive in Viera, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the 20-year bond that will see more than $11 million put toward improvements at the Viera East Golf Club and golf course.

These enhancements include:
* Clubhouse renovations, including a banquet facility at a cost of $2.9 million.
* A new irrigation system for $2 million.
* Bunker renovations for $1.1 million.

In addition to the $9 million in expenses, homeowners also will pay nearly $5 million more in interest.

In order to pay off the $11 million bond, Viera East homeowners will have to foot the bill. The assessment will take effect after the VECDD’s water management assessment bond is paid off in 2023.

Homeowners in Six Mile Creek, Crane Creek, Cross Creek and some homeowners in the south section of the Indian River Colony Club are not affected by the bond. There are more than 4,200 households in the VECDD. Of that total, 791 houses are on the golf course.

Viera East Golf Club includes the communities of Aberdeen, Addington, Ashton, Blackheath, Brightwood, Canterbury, Collingtree, Durban Park, Oaklefe, Parkstone, Stratford Place, and Woodhall.

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