Furious: Vanishing golf course view for Naples homeowners
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NAPLES - Several Naples homeowners have accused the owners of La Playa golf course of trying to block the view of the land they have enjoyed for decades.
"I've lived here since 1974 and this has always been an open view," said Rosemary Keyser.
Keyser and seven other residents have signed a petition called ‘Save our View,’ which is aimed at convincing La Playa to remove the shrubs that now block their fill view on the course.
"We come out one day and this was up…It's just taken our view and everything away," Paul Rodgerson.
The group said it approached management at La Playa for an explanation to the obstructed view, but never got a straight answer.
"We were told it was because of the vandalism and people we trespassing but other homeowners were told because they didn't like the looks of our houses," said Rodgerson.
Many residents say the worst part is that a recent appraisal shows they could lose up to $70,000 of the value in their home.
Since the golf course in private, is there anything that can be done to get management to reverse course?
"They should put their money together and hire an attorney to really take a deep look and find an argument on their behalf," said attorney Sean King.
The Naples lawyer also said the lost value of their homes may also become a reason in a lawsuit.
"Absolutely especially in Florida were you have homeowners who have the view of the ocean, the view of the forest, the view of a waterway," said Sean King.
Florida is rich in its history of homeowner rights and the view they had when they bought the property."
Not only has the Save our View petition been signed by all eight residents who recently lost their views, but by residents who fear the same thing will soon happen to their homes.