Homeowner Continues To Install Pool Without Permission, Won’t Stop Excavation.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Lawyers for the Seven Bridges Homeowners Association continue to be busy on both sides of state and federal courts. In the latest lawsuit involving the embattled West Delray Beach community, attorneys are acting as Plaintiff’s attorneys — suing a homeowner who is allegedly installing a swimming pool without obtaining permission.
According to public documents, the “Patrick Borcea Revocable Living Trust” purchased 16337 Corvino Court in Seven Bridges for $1,085,994 in January of 2018. It did not include a pool. So like many homeowners, Alina Borcea apparently decided to install one. But, instead of following rules in place in almost every South Florida community with a Homeowners Association, Borcea is accused of commencing excavation and installation without permission. HOA’s traditionally demand plans that confirm neighboring homes won’t be affected, and escrow of several thousand dollars to protect the HOA should anything go wrong.
The Seven Bridges HOA, according to the court filing, told Borcea to stop. Multiple times. But she and the “living trust” did not. Borcea also didn’t show up for mediation and has refused to cease construction.
Palm Beach County tells BocaNewsNow.com that the pool to be built is valued at $58,500, includes a spa and paver deck, and was first issued a permit on September 14th, 2020. The builder on file is “Conquer Builders” of Pembroke Pines.
From the lawsuit: “Not only has OWNER failed to and/or refused to participate in mandatory pre-suit mediation as required by Section 720.311, Florida Statutes, but OWNERS have continued to breach the above-mentioned covenants and rules and regulations by failing and/or refusing to comply with the ASSOCIATION’S demands to cease and desist from excavating their property, and thereafter installing a pool.”
The lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction against the homeowner, fees, and other penalties “as the Court deems appropriate.”
While attorneys are acting as plaintiff’s attorneys in this case, they continue as defense attorneys in another. Seven Bridges continues to be sued for allegedly discriminating against a Christian homeowner who claims the former Board of Directors singled her out, and punished her, for what the Board claimed was inappropriate conduct. A Jewish homeowner who also engaged in inappropriate conduct was not sanctioned. That Jewish homeowner called the Christian homeowner and told her to “move to a Klan community” in a recorded phone call. That case continues in U.S. District Court where both a judge and a magistrate have refused to dismiss the discriminatory claims. The homeowner seeks $7M — or $1M for each of the Seven Bridges in Seven Bridges. The homeowner says the money will go to charity if Seven Bridges is forced to pay.
Read the swimming pool lawsuit, below. Read all of the Seven Bridges drama here.
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