Donna lives at 301 N Clermont. She wants to know what Margate will do about her home that’s sinking in the ground.
Multiple Margate homes were damaged during recent Amherst street and sewer work. Foundation cracks and more. Some may have to rebuild.
If Mathis, the contractor Margate hired, won’t pay a fair amount for repair, will affected homeowners push Margate to help out financially?
Did Mathis (contractor) or Margate misjudge water table? Dig too deep? Heavy equipment created ground disruption?
It’s very disturbing to us. We retired down here in December. I have a sick husband and now we’re uprooted. Our house is on steel beams. We’re not getting anywhere with Mathis (contractor).
The Amherst Ave street project between Douglas & Clarendon damaged many homes. Insurance claims in process.
Margate Homeowners vs Mathis Construction vs Travelers Insurance.
Margate Solicitor Abbott: Travelers Insurance Company sending out offers of settlement.
My house up on steel beams. Insurance company offer is a joke.Homeowner
Abbott: I understand it’s a serious situation for you. It’s a terrible situation, but insurance company is responsible for it.
Abbott: They’ve been to your property to inspect it. They’re going to come up with an estimate. And as with all insurance claims, they will process it. I understand that these offers are imminent.
We did receive insurance offer. It’s a complete joke, I’m not at liberty to disclose the amount.Clermont Homeowner
Abbott: OK, fair enough. Your lawyer will have to respond to them with what you feel is reasonable, fair amount. And then there’s there’s always the alternative of you go to court. You sue them.
Margate Homeowner: Will Margate try to help us even more because we found out that we could be in litigation for more than two years. We’re being told that our house should be torn down because the ground underneath isn’t stable? Where do we go? We’re on Social Security.
Solicitor Abbott: Look, we’re doing everything we can. The responsibility lies with (Mathis) contractor. They have to handle this. Travelers Insurance has to make you a reasonable, fair offer. Either sue them and force them to court. Or perhaps there’s mediation. Come up with your counter proposals to what you think is fair.
Homeowner: Court fees come out of our pocket.
Abbott: I don’t know what to say to you. We can’t pay your legal fees for your lawyer at this point.
The roads are not done. Worse now than it ever was. Water undermining our home even more.
Margate Engineer Ed Dennis: Amherst Ave phase one project between Douglas and Clarendon. We’re still in a holding pattern. All of the construction work is complete except for final paving. Mr. Abbott may want to comment on damaged homes there. The claims are in process between homeowners and contractor and insurance company. Settlement discussions are confidential in nature. City not directly the one that can begin repair work on these homes. It’s up to Travelers Insurance Company.
Travelers Insurance: The homeowners can accept, reject or counter or just reject and file suit. Hoping these issues can be negotiated and resolved without resort to litigation, but time will tell.
Margate Engineer: Ultimately, money for repairs comes from the insurance company. I do talk to homeowners and I do the best I can to explain the process. I understand their frustration because they want to turn to the city for help. We’re doing everything we can to help within the confines of the contract and the process that we need to follow.
City of Margate Should Help Homeowners With Legal Fees.Public Comment