Several property owners have reached out to FLTF about a solicitation from attorneys that propose to legally challenge the Special Assessment District (SAD) to include other properties downstream. The claim asserts that the Special Assessment District boundaries should be extended to include properties that do not have access to the Four Lakes. In addition, FLTF has also received information that others within the lake level SAD boundaries plan to legally challenge the properties in the Special Assessment District. Property owners have asked our view on this effort.
FLTF cannot provide individual legal advice as property owners have the right to make their own choices and should seek the consultation of a lawyer to inform their own decision in connection with such challenges.
That said, FLTF published the following statement, as a public service announcement, in connection with the claims associated with expanding the SAD, or removing properties from the SAD as approved by the Midland and Gladwin county Circuit Courts in May of 2019.
Property owners have every right to make choices and to take the best path they feel is in their self-interest, which includes pursuing legal challenges.
FLTF will take all appropriate legal action in response to such challenges. We believe there is a clear path forward which is outlined in the Restoration Plan on our website.
We continue to exhaust all avenues to restore the lakes most affordably. Legal challenges to modify the court order or create new law can and will be costly to defend, increase the burden on property owners, and will delay restoration of the lakes.