PARKLAND, FL- The roads in Pine Tree Estates of Parkland are in rough shape. Years of wear and tear combined with the rains of South Florida have deteriorated the condition of the streets. Local Pine Tree Estates residents are asking the City of Parkland to perform proper maintenance and upkeep on the roads and have filed a lawsuit over the issue.
Pine Tree Estates resident Todd Link was organizing a birthday party for his children in June and requested a drive by from local fire and police officers. While the police officers were able to come, the firemen would have visited but once Link gave his address, he was told Pine Tree Estates is off-limits for general driving of fire trucks.
"They told me they won't drive in Pine Tree Estates," said Link. "They only come here in the event of an emergency because of the poor condition of our roads."
Pine Tree Estates resident Margery Golant spent time trying to find the original City of Parkland documents addressing the disputed road, and she discovered the officially filed street dedication documents from 1976 verifying that the streets are officially public and are committed to be maintained by the City of Parkland.
Golant asserts that the City of Parkland is requiring the roads to be repaired by Pine Tree Estates residents. The cost of the repairs would be paid by a special assessment in the taxes of the residents.
Pine Tree Estates residents filed a lawsuit in April demanding that the streets need to have regular maintenance and repair paid for by the city. In response, the city hired an attorney to handle the case, and the city attorney has no comment as it is an ongoing legal matter.
As time marches forward, the residents of Pine Tree Estates await what appears to be the City of Parkland's commitment to maintain their roads, while the final position of the City of Parkland remains to be seen.
Regardless of outcome, the streets of Pine Tree Estates are in need of significant repair.
TAPinto Parkland will continue to update this story as information becomes available.
Know a story we should share with our readers? Email editor Leon Fooksman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell him about it.