Residents awarded $35 million in civil case

Residents awarded $35 million in civil case

POINCIANA, Florida (AP) – Residents of a Central Florida neighborhood over 55 have earned nearly $35 million in a civil case after a judge ruled improper association fees for homeowners.

Attorney Carter Anderson says each resident could receive up to $10,000 after the November 2 ruling by Polk County Judge Wayne Durden. The lawsuit represents more than 5,000 residents of the Solivita Project in Poinciana. Developer Avatar Properties proposed a bond in 2015 to sell a club, swimming pools and tennis court to the resident-operated project for $73 million.

Lawyers who reviewed the proposal found what they believed to be an improper charge of fees by the developer.

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