The Fore Ranch community in Ocala FL is facing some deep troubles over a large sinkhole that appeared in August of last year but is yet to be dealt with by the property developers or homeowners association. Local residents and home owners requested assistance from the City or County but officials were clear that the City of Ocala is only responsible for the public roadway and not the gaping hole on private property. The property developers have apparently not answered requests as to their plans for dealing with the mess and I assume their will be financial reasons for it. hopefully there is some type of insurance policy for these type of disruptions to the community but if there were there should have been some action by now. Most likely the developer will be on the hook to pay this out of picket and those pockets are bare like the rest of us so maybe nothing at all will happen for a very long time.
It’s a real shame for these people what has happened to them but living in these communities has it’s disadvantages along with all those attractive benefits that have driven so many into giving up their property rights for the sake of living amongst others. Every time I hear a story about how a property developer or homeowners association is dictating to people how they must live it convinces me further that I will always be a private property resident and I will never give into these exclusive developer communities where every home looks just like the other and you have deed restrictions on your home which require you to act and look a certain way.
I think these type of restricted communities are like a plague on peoples property rights and freedoms. I find it illogical to think that something like a community pool and playhouse are worth giving up your rights but I assume many people don’t realize what they have given up until it’s too late to do anything about it. With private home insurance you would probably be better covered in the case of a sinkhole eating up your neighborhood.
These sinkholes are scary when you realize how fast they can appear and the fact they can eat a whole house in one gulp if they pop up in the right spot. How scary is it to think your house can disappear while you are asleep in it? Makes me want to go dig some holes or test the ground around the house to see if it’s weak or whatever. I suppose as we pull more and more water from the ground we’ll continue to have issues with sinkholes. Water conservation is key to the long term stability of this region and protecting our valuable and rich water resources is vital to any sustainable growth plan.
Residential water use is the biggest problem and home conservation should be our main focus but for every bottle of Silver Springs water they sell the more sinkholes will continue to appear in Ocala. We should either quit private bottling from local sources and exporting our water or we should have the county open up a water bottling plant for the sake of the community and not just the private corporations. With a county owned bottling plant there would be a steady stream of income for local government and money for the new growth plan.
OCALA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – Homeowners in the Fore Ranch community in Ocala can’t enjoy long walks around their lake like they use to. There’s a sinkhole that’s at least 30-feet deep and 20-feet wide that’s stopping them.