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Flooded Hobe Sound residents receive more bad news during workshop

18 homes directly impacted by May flood
Martin County Hobe Heights workshop
Sandcastle Circle in Hobe Sound
Posted at 1:13 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 17:40:23-04

STUART, Fla. — Dozens of residents who were flooded out of their homes in Hobe Sound this spring are still in limbo over their future.

At a workshop Tuesday morning, homeowners received the unwelcome news that Martin County cannot legally pay residents the pre-storm appraised value of their homes.

Eighteen homes were directly impacted in the post-Memorial Day flooding.

Warren Sharpe
Warren Sharpe said at a July 7, 2020, workshop that he is frustrated by the Martin County's response to the flooding that damaged his home in May 2020.

Warren Sharpe, whose home was gutted by the floodwater, said he is frustrated with the county.

"Your responsibility, your neglect, and I've got to pay for it? In the real world, it doesn't work that way," said Sharpe.

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The county discussed building some type of drainage project that would protect from a 100-year flood. That proposal could include purchasing some homes.

The county commission will revisit the issue next week.