A class-action lawsuit filed against a homebuilder for constructing a neighborhood too close to a World War II bombing range near Orlando has been settled for $1.2 million, according to a report in The Orlando Sentinel. The lawsuit filed by homeowners in the Newport subdivision named The Ryland Group Inc. which did not admit any liability in agreeing to the settlement. The complaint stated that the subdivision was built on and near the former Pinecastle Jeep Range off Lee Vista Boulevard where munitions were tested in WW II.
Ryland said no ordnances had been found and the 118 homes were not on the bombing range. The lawsuit said 65 homes were on or adjacent to the range.
The settlement will be divided among 118 homeowners who will receive anywhere from $1,000 to $15,000. They claim that the value of their properties dropped after the U.S Army Corp of Engineers starting cleaning up the area and found more than 400 live bombs, rockets, and grenades on vacant land behind a middle school.
Newport subdivision homeowners also have sued the developer and marketer of the Vista Lakes community which contains more than 1,500 homes. About 200 homes in the area have been foreclosed, at least partially due to the Pinecastle issue.
If you have been deceived by a home builder regarding the safety of your home or the area, or have suffered injury or illness as a result, there may be avenues for you to receive compensation. It is advised to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to explore the developer’s liability and to determine if county and state rules were followed. Remember, a statute of limitations will limit the time frame within which to file an action, so consulting early on is necessary.