Florida Senator Bill Galvano said Friday he's concerned about residents living in the troubled Willowbrook condominiums.
Galvano toured three of the KB Home community's crumbling homes Friday afternoon. Manatee county inspectors deemed dozens of homes there unsafe back in August. Many of the condos have leaks and cracked walls. The ceilings on the decks of several units have caved in.
"They're not acceptable," said Galvano. "I can understand their frustration."
Armando Oyola-Delgado showed Galvano fungus growing in his living room. The frustrated homeowner said his condo has leaked for years. The roof on his deck also collapsed. A temporary wall of plywood and plastic sheeting has been up for months as crews, brought in by KB Home, try to repair it.
"l don't want to live like this," Oyola-Delgado told Galvano.
The neighborhood tour continued at Ashley Delph's condo. She told Galvano she is worried her baby could fall through the temporary wall set up in her dining room.
"It's screwed in with two screws," said Delph. "It makes me a little nervous with a one-year-old."
Galvano told residents he has serious health and safety concerns for them.
"There's a real problem here and it's not a single unit or single building problem," said Galvano.
Delph and Oyola-Delgado said they have both asked KB Home employees to temporarily relocate their families while crews work on their condos.
"They haven't moved us," said Delph.
KB Home's Director of Marketing and Public Relations Cathy Teague said company representatives personally visited homeowners in one of the community's 51 buildings earlier this week.
"This building has scaffolding present at the front and rear entries," Teague said in a statement. "We extended an offer to temporarily relocate their families until they have free access to their homes. KB Home has already voluntarily helped some of our Willowbrook homeowners temporarily relocate while the restoration work is underway."
Sen. Galvano said he is worried about the residents still living in some of the other units. He told the concerned homeowners he will meet with KB Home executives to ask them to take a "more aggressive approach" to fixing their problems.
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