Seminole commission expected to approve development along popular county trail

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

The view from a popular trail that attracts thousands of nature lovers could soon look very different.

A developer plans to build more than a hundred homes on the pasture land next to the Seminole Wekiva Trail in Lake Mary.

Friends Paige Adair and Lara Stone said they use the trail every day.

"We like seeing the pasture and the horses and the cows. We don't want to see any houses," said Adair.

As many as 142 homes are planned for the pastureland.

National developer Taylor Morrison has the land under contract.

It's a big disappointment to the people WFTV's Bianca Castro spoke with on the trail, which runs next to land.

"We are going to ruin the beauty of it, and I don't understand why do we have to keep building so much, and why in the nice areas?" said Stone.

The developer said most of the homes will be built on the eastern side of the property and that the project will take years to complete.
               
The county looked into buying the land to preserve it five years ago but decided the $30 million was too much for the county to spend.

The current appraised value of the land is $11 million, but the county still isn't buying.

Seminole County commissioners are expected to approve the housing project next week.

"It was bound to happen eventually. It's really sad because it's so pristine," said Seminole resident Matthew Moore.

According to county records, the property is owned by the Paulucci Trust.

Jeno Paulucci developed the Heathrow community in the 1980s. He died in 2011.