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Citizens vow to solve Homosassa plat dispute

Property owners resolved Monday night to work together to untangle themisaligned boundaries that have plagued their town for years.

At a meeting of the Homosassa Civic Club, County Commissioner Skip Hudson told residents that the county is willing to help them, but only if they work together to help themselves first.

"We will not handle a case-by-case basis," Hudson said. He noted that county already has spent more than $100,000 trying to resolve the troubles caused by the long-ago loss of the original town plat. That loss has resulted in streets being built in the wrong places and, in some cases, homes being built on other people's property.

"But if the community gets together and agrees on a block-by-block basis," then the county would offer legal help, Hudson said. The goal, he said, is for each property owner to engage in some give-and-take to end up with roughly the same amount of property.

"I'm willing to give, but I also want to receive," said Louis Bono, 73, whose neighbor's home is built on property he owns in Homosassa. Bono said he thinks the meeting Monday night will lead to a solution to his problem.

Kent Green, vice president of Henigar & Ray Engineering Associates Inc., told the residents that many of their problems are easily solved, and that only about 25 percent of the town remains in dispute.

Green sat down with Bono, who came from his home in Tampa to attend the meeting, to discuss a possible solution.

Green also said that the most important thing was for residents to get together. "I can't solve all your problems tonight," he said, but many could be worked out with cooperation.

He hailed the efforts of a Civic Club committee led by Alex Zeffer to help residents organize and meet with adjoining property owners.