Crucial Meeting for Central Florida/Wekiva River Homeowners~TOMORROW, Friday, February 27th @1:30PM

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Heritage Realty

Earlier this week, I posted a Blog about this very same issue. You can read it here.

If passed, this proposed change could SIGNIFICANTLY impact the value and desireablity of homes within the Wekiva River Basin Study Area.

The Department of Government Affairs for the Orlando Regional Realtor Association sent out the below Call To Action today:

A meeting of the Wekiva River Basin Commission is scheduled for Friday, February 27, at 1:30 p.m. at the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council's office, located at 631 N Wymore Road, phone is 407.326.1075.

Last Thursday, the advisory committee established by the state to review rules and regulations regarding septic systems voted unanimously to postpone consideration of implementation of rules which would require homeowners in the Wekiva River basin to purchase a much more expensive septic system at the point of major repair or replacement. Unfortunately, the Department of Health does not have to follow the recommendations of the advisory committee.

The State Surgeon General of the Florida Department of Health, Dr. Ana M. Viamonte Ros, has directed her staff to issue new rules for septic systems.  These Department of Health rules would require Performance Based Treatment Systems in the Wekiva Study Area upon the sale of a home.  

Such a rule is without legislative direction.  Senate Bill 1214 of the 2004 legislative session clearly requires that any rule implementation by the Department be appropriate.  There is no indication that the proposed rule is appropriate or required.

Such a rule is without scientific support.  The report by Department of Health required by SB 1214 has not withstood peer review for adequacy, appropriateness, nor scientific method.

Such a rule is without economic reason.  Performance Based Treatment Systems have substantial additional capital cost over a standard system.  Performance Based Treatment Systems have substantial annual maintenance costs.  The small or non-existent additional benefit to the environment of these Performance Based Treatment Systems compared to standard onsite wastewater treatment systems makes imposition of such a rule incomprehensible.

Such a rule is without economic justice.  A portion of the Wekiva Study Area has some of the greatest concentrations of foreclosures that exist in Orange County .  Homeowners all throughout the Wekiva Study Area are concerned about job loss and their ability to continue to live in their current residence. 

Link here for a copy of the rule and a map outlining the area affected! PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!

As you will see in the rule, a determination of replacement will have to be made at point of SALE!

Again, the Wekiva River Basin Commission meeting will be held on Friday, February 27th at 1:30 p.m. at the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council's office, located at 631 N Wymore Road, phone is 407.326.1075. The Department of Health will be outlining the advisory committee's recommendation. It is important that Realtors and homeowners show their support for the advisory panel's recommendation.

For more information on these issues, please contact Frankie Callen Elliott at 407.513.7276 or

As a Real Estate agent who represents homeowners in Orange and Seminole County, I plan to attend and hope you will too!

LaShawn Norden, PA, REALTOR & Advocate, servicing Orange & Seminole County, RE/MAX Central Realty(321) 377-0157,,


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Comments (1)

Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good luck and I hope that the REALTOR(r) community turns out in mass to voice their concerns about this issue.

Feb 26, 2009 11:37 PM