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Sprinkler ordinance repealed following homebuilder's lawsuit

Blog Post created by Fred Durso Employee on May 2, 2016

SprinklerSeven months after the Estero Fire Rescue District passed a life-saving ordinance to sprinkler its town's new homes, it has decided to repeal it.

As reported on this blog, two homebuilding associations in Florida filed a lawsuit challenging the ordinance, claiming it will create "imminent harm" to their business. The fire district passed the ordinance in October 2015 following an economic impact study countering this claim. However, a potential legal battle with the associations led to the fire district's commissioners unanimously repealing the ordinance in April, states the Naples Daily News.

Dick Schweers, the fire commission's chair, told the paper that while he supported the ordinance, the lawsuit played a pivotal role in the outcome. "We'll always be looking for ways to improve (fire) protection," Schweers told the paper.

A lawyer representing the building associations told the publication that the lawsuit hasn't officially been dismissed, but there's a good possibility that it will.

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