The city of Estero, Florida, celebrated a victory in October 2015, when its fire district unanimously passed an ordinance to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes.
The celebration, however, was short-lived.
One month later, two builder groups filed a lawsuit against the new requirement. While the complaint wasn't formally served at that time, implementation of the ordinance was delayed until July, reports, a Floridian publication.
With the suit from the builders properly filed this month, the groups claim "imminent harm" to their business if the requirement is enforced. They have requested an emergency temporary injunction by a local circuit judge to stop the requirement, states The News-Press.
Estero Fire Rescue has addressed previous complaints from the homebuilding industry via a study on the sprinkler requirement's economic impact.
Installation costs, it states, would hover around $1.61 per sprinklered square foot, while developers would benefit from trade-ups
that can curtail certain construction costs and requirements.
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