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Couple's Florida Dream Home Constructed On The Wrong Land

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Missouri couple’s dream home was mistakenly built on the wrong lot.

Mark and Brenda Voss’s $680,000 home in the private Flagler County, Florida, subdivision of Ocean Hammock, which is only accessible by air or beach, was built on a lot the couple doesn’t own.

"It was built on (lot) 11. It was supposed to be built on 12. All three of our surveys shows it being on lot 12," said Flagler County Chief Building Official Mark Boice.

Boice signed off on the three-story, 5,000 square foot construction by Keystone Homes assuming that the surveyor had marked the right lot, Fox News reported.

The construction had two surveyors, but the county isn’t sure how the mistake was made. The couple says it dates back to a 2013 survey.

In order to fix the error Keystone Homes is attempting to negotiate with the owners of lot 11, according to the company’s vice president Robbie Richmond.

"As a builder, that's your worst nightmare," Boice said. "I mean, it just blew me away that a mistake like this could happen. Especially with two surveying companies on the job."

"The buck stops with the builder. We know that,” Richmond told the paper. “We are in the process of trying to schedule a conference call and find a fair resolution without the lawyers.”

The Vosses, who own 18 other residential lots in the Hammock Dunes master-planned community, spent $160,000 on lot 12.

"We may have moved (to Ocean Hammock) someday. But, with this headache and grief, we're not so sure." Mark Voss told the Daytona Beach News Journal. "The Midwest is looking pretty good right now."

Sources: Fox News, Daytona Beach News Journal

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