Quirky World ... Oops! $1m Florida home on wrong site

New Florida million-dollar home has nice view, but built on wrong lot

Quirky World ... Oops! $1m Florida home on wrong site

USA: A Florida builder is trying to figure out what to do after constructing a million- dollar, ocean-view home in Florida on the wrong lot, authorities said.

The mistake occurred after two state-certified surveyors on the job separately marked the wrong property, said Carl Laundrie, spokesman for Flagler County on the Atlantic Coast north of Daytona Beach.

Laundrie said there were few landmarks in the new Hammock Dunes subdivision that could have helped someone catch the error.

“There is no giant oak tree on one corner of the lot so you would say, okay, this must be the lot. This particular piece of land is basically in a field back behind the dune,” Laundrie said.

The 5,300-square-foot (492-sq-metre) house, which was completed in March, includes five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, a theatre, game room and swimming pool, according to gotoby.com, a local real estate news site.

Mark and Brenda Voss of Linn, Missouri, who had the home built, did not return calls for comment.

The Vosses own the lot next door to the one on which the house was built.

The builder, Robbie Richmond of Keystone Homes, who the real estate website described as one of the area’s most respected builders, did not return a call for comment.

Flagler County Property Appraiser Jay Gardner said he spoke to Richmond: “All he wants to do is get it right.”


SCOTLAND: A troop of 30 monkeys from Gibraltar have been flown more than 1,000 miles (1,609km) to set up home in Scotland.

The wild Barbary macaques arrived at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling following a deal with the Gibraltar government to reduce the territory’s monkey population.

Ministers said exporting the macaques was preferred to culling the animals, whose rise in numbers has been causing problems for local residents.


ENGLAND: An erotic garden roller and a pair of sandals are among the pieces going on show at a new exhibition dedicated to designer William Morris.

The influence of Morris, who combined left-wing politics with groundbreaking design, is explored at the National Portrait Gallery’s show.

Morris, who died in 1896, was a leader of the arts and crafts movement which inspired a revival in traditional British textiles and an early exponent of socialist ideas.

Sculptor Eric Gill, who was also influenced by Morris, is represented by Adam and Eve — a garden roller that shows the biblical couple locked in an erotic embrace.


THAILAND: The cabinet has approved a ban on the import of hookah-style water pipes and electronic cigarettes, copying a similar move by neighbouring Cambodia earlier this year.

Deputy government spokesman Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the ban proposed by the Commerce Ministry was imposed for health reasons. The Public Health Ministry originally suggested the move, saying the items were luring young people into smoking.

The ban also applies to substances that could be used to flavour the water used in the water pipes, also called baraku in Thailand.


USA: A US Coast Guard helicopter was called in to help rescue a woman who veered off a mountain road, rolled hundreds of feet down an embankment and spent the night at the bottom of a ravine in Northern California.

Television news footage showed the helicopter hovering over Mount Hamilton in San Jose and the small vehicle resting on its bonnet below the embankment with emergency workers surrounding it.

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