Heron's Landing community wins court appeal, still waiting on millions from D.R. Horton

Action News Jax at 11:00 PM

A condominium community off Beach Boulevard is still waiting for millions of dollars in settlement money, more than 2 and 1/2 years after a jury ruled homebuilder D.R. Horton negligent in building it.

The Heron’s Landing community has been fighting D.R. Horton since 2009. Homeowners have claimed that construction defects led to cracked stucco, along with leaking roofs and windows.

“We’ve got a lot of leaks,” said George Svadeba, one of the original homeowners.

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In 2016, a jury found D.R. Horton negligent in building the 240-unit community.

Just a couple of weeks ago, an appellate court upheld the jury’s decision.

Court documents say, the builder’s “own project supervisor acknowledged several defects and testified that had he seen or known about them, he would have had them remedied prior to the completion of the project.”

But D.R. Horton has now filed a motion for rehearing, essentially asking the appellate court to change its mind.

Heron’s Landing won’t see any payout just yet. The initial settlement was $9.6 million, but attorneys tell Action News Jax it has ballooned to more than $13 million, due to interest and fees.

“Once the funds are released and this nightmare of a lawsuit is over, we’ll be able to put everything back together again,” said Svadeba.

Action News Jax tried to contact D.R. Horton, and will provide an update when we hear back.