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Property buyers sue nudist resort

By TIMES STAFF
Published March 21, 2007


 

NEW PORT RICHEY

CITY APPROVES 2 RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS

Two proposed residential developments officially became part of the city Tuesday night. City Council voted to approve the voluntary annexations, one for a proposed 21-unit townhome project on the north side of Trouble Creek Road, and another for a proposed 60-unit apartment complex on the east side of Congress Street near Illinois Avenue. The townhome site is being developed with an adjacent site already in the city limits; together the two sites will eventually total 82 two-story units. Construction is on hold until the market improves, officials with Port Richey developer Stylistic Design Developers have said. The apartment project will begin once all permits are in place, an official with developer Legacy Group Development LLC has said.

LAND O'LAKES

Property buyers sue nudist resort

Forty-one people who bought properties in Caliente Resorts sued the nudist community Friday and accused Caliente of using a "bait-and-switch" tactic to sell them mobile homes, called "Casitas." In the lawsuit, they said Caliente doubled the lot prices beyond what it had first advertised, after locking the buyers into lease and purchase agreements. The agreements were signed between 1996 and 2004. Caliente's lots went on sale in November 2006. By then, Caliente had raised the lot price from about $50,000 to $100,000. In a letter to members, Chuck Foster, Caliente's vice president, said the lot prices reflected real estate trends and noted that the buyers had never contracted to lock in lower prices. In the lawsuit, the buyers also said Caliente threatened to end their right to use the resort's amenities. In his letter, Foster said club use would be suspended or ended if the buyers "attempt to force the sale of any Casita lot at any lower price ... to deprive Caliente of the fair value of its property."

TARPON SPRINGS

Play's opening night postponed

Because of last-minute scheduling conflicts in the auditorium at St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs campus, opening night of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit has been postponed until Thursday. Those who had bought a ticket for tonight's performance may either get a refund or exchange the ticket for a performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, March 29 or 30, or 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, March 31 or April 1. Call (727) 712-5762.

Correction

Steve Valdez is Hillsborough County's community relations manager. A story Tuesday listed an incorrect job title.