Homeowners association wins court fight, developer must pay to keep street lights on

Article Courtesy of Naples Daily News

By Aisling Swift

Published April 11, 2015


An East Naples homeowners association has won its legal battle after a judge agreed Glen Eagle Golf & Country Club didn’t pay their electric bills, leaving 105 homes without streetlights for five weeks after FPL flipped the switch.


Collier Circuit Judge Hugh Hayes ruled that Glen Eagle, the development’s master association, must pay Lago Villaggio Homeowners Association $18,000, with 4.75 percent interest from March 18, 2014, and reimburse the HOA for its lawyer’s fees.
The $18,000 was the amount Lago Villaggio paid to settle a countersuit filed by Florida Power & Light, which sought more than $40,000 in bills and late fees over five years, the statute of limitations. As part of the settlement, FPL allowed Lago Villaggio to collect that from Glen Eagle.
“We thought that they deserved to be paid because they provided power, but Glen Eagle wasn’t going to pay,” said Lago Villaggio’s attorney, Marc Huling of Roetzel & Andress. “FPL gave us the right to collect from Glen Eagle.”

In this November 2013 file photo, Jennifer Norqual walks her miniature Australian shepherd Della while her son Remy, 4, rides his bike alongside as the sun goes down in the Lago Villaggio neighborhood in Glen Eagle Country Club where streetlights went out.