Dream home becomes a nightmare after old dump is unearthed

Florida

Generic landfill trash – Getty Images

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple looking to build their dream home instead found the property they’d purchased had once been used as a landfill.

Jeff and Abbey Rodamaker tell the Pensacola News Journal they found glass bottles, plastic containers, tires and a propane tank buried just a few feet underground.

They say they bought the land in February for $70,000, with a $323,000 mortgage to build a home.

After finding the debris, they thought they’d still be able to build. But health concerns and the cost of mitigation proved too much.

The property has been subdivided and exchanged ownership multiple times since the 1970s when the trash appears to have been placed there.

For now, the Rodamakers dream has become a nightmare.

LATEST STORIES:

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

1,000 additional COIVD-19 tests available at Raymond James Stadium

Thumbnail for the video titled "1,000 additional COIVD-19 tests available at Raymond James Stadium"

Florida reports 27 new coronavirus deaths as cases surpass 8,000

Thumbnail for the video titled "Florida reports 27 new coronavirus deaths as cases surpass 8,000"

Mayor Castor addresses restrictions on religious practices during Hillsborough County EGP meeting

Thumbnail for the video titled "Mayor Castor addresses restrictions on religious practices during Hillsborough County EGP meeting"

Doctor's Concerns

Thumbnail for the video titled "Doctor's Concerns"

125-pound giraffe born at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne

Thumbnail for the video titled "125-pound giraffe born at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne"

'You Are Not Alone': Separated by coronavirus, Tampa Bay students come together through song

Thumbnail for the video titled "'You Are Not Alone': Separated by coronavirus, Tampa Bay students come together through song"

Tampa Bay celebrates World Autism Awareness Day with something good

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tampa Bay celebrates World Autism Awareness Day with something good"

Nurses union protests shortage of protective gear at HCA hospitals

Thumbnail for the video titled "Nurses union protests shortage of protective gear at HCA hospitals"

Stopping the Spread: Hills. Co. opens 2 quarantine hotels

Thumbnail for the video titled "Stopping the Spread: Hills. Co. opens 2 quarantine hotels"

Thursday Morning Forecast

Thumbnail for the video titled "Thursday Morning Forecast"
More Local News

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss