‘We don’t have the infrastructure’: Eustis residents voice opposition to proposed housing project

EUSTIS, Fla. — A proposed development in Lake County calling for more than 500 homes in the city of Eustis has some residents in an uproar.


The Pine Meadows Project would go on land that was once part of the old golf course and country club.

A vote on the project is expected tonight.

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The plan calls for more than 500 homes, 142 of which would be built north of County Road 44 on the 240-acre site of the Old Pine Meadows golf course.

Parts of it would border the Pine Meadows conservation area.

People who oppose the project have been passing out fliers with the message to battle the development because it calls for “too many homes.” They said 548 homes on this land is too many for a city the size of Eustis.

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“This would drastically increase the size of the city,” said resident Jill Nelan, who has passed out fliers and pushed against the development on social media. “We don’t have the infrastructure to handle 548 additional homes.”

However, city officials said it’s a good project.

“It’s consistent with our land development regulations in every way,” interim city manager Tom Carrino said, pointing out that developers have dedicated more than half the land to wetlands, parks, trails and open space and that the city has the infrastructure to handle the growth.

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Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.

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