Desolation in DeBary — A stop-work order remains in effect for property on the east side of a remote stretch of Fort Florida Road in DeBary, following the unauthorized clearing of approximately 30 acres. The developer, the Henin Group of Winter Park, began clearing the tract a few weeks ago without the requisite permits, according to city officials and the St. Johns River Water Management District. The land is part of the Henin Group’s Riviera Bella community, which is to consist of 708 homes. Company President Jerome Henln blames the clearing fiasco on the turmoil in the DeBary municipal government, noting he and his associates have sought to do their “due diligence” in meeting legal requirements for development. City officials have threatened code-enforcement action against the Henin Group.
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