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Cherry Estates to add 24 homes

May 30, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

About 40 people attended a public information meeting held at the VFW regarding a development order for 24 single-family homes in Cherry Estates. The area, also known as Treasure Cove, is being developed by builder Kevin Cherry. He and engineer James Jack of James Jack and Associates were there to answer questions.

The tract of land is at the end of Cherry Estates Parkway, left on Trawler Lane.

"If you go to the end of Cherry Estates Parkway to Trawler Lane and look to the right, you'll see houses," Cherry said. "Then, if you look to the left you'll see undeveloped land. When it's developed, it will look just like the developed side. Same lot sizes, same structures, etc. We'll just be finishing up the street."

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Builder Kevin Cherry at the recent public information meeting.


A question was raised about whether water and sewer are already present on the undeveloped land. Cherry explained they would be added for the new section at the builder's expense.

The biggest concern was raised about the "lift station" on Bounty Lane. Wastewater lift stations are designed to pump wastewater (sewage) from a lower level to a higher elevation. Following Hurricane Irma, residents said there was an awful smell coming from the lift station which is owned and operated by the builder.

"That was because the island was without electricity," Cherry said. "As many of you know, I'm regulated by the Florida Public Service Commission. Although I'm responsible, they set all the rates, rules and regulations."

Some residents suggested that while electricity was out following Hurricane Irma, waste from the lift station escaped into the adjoining canals. Residents would like a generator added to the lift station to resolve the issue.

"I will have an application in by the end of the summer to make improvements to the waste system," Cherry said. "There will be meetings to keep everyone informed as we go through the process."

Cherry estimates that building will begin immediately after the development order is approved - in about a month.



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