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Orlando Business Journal – 2:38 PM EDT Friday, June 1, 2007
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum on Tuesday announced the settlement of a legal dispute with Avatar Properties Inc. regarding disabled accessibility in the developer’s active-adult community of Solivita.

The settlement requires Coral Gables-based Avatar to create a disabled parking space near Solivita’s fitness center and renovate other areas that violate the design and construction standards of the Florida Fair Housing Act and other anti-discrimination laws.

The Attorney General’s Office in 2004 sued Avatar under Florida’s Civil Rights Act on behalf of Solivita disabled resident Rhonda White. Avatar denied a request from White and the state Office of Civil Rights to allow White to park her car on the street in front of the fitness center. Solivita staff in 2001 told White she had to stop parking her car there because the area was going be used for golf carts. White’s disability prevents her from using a golf cart.

“Discrimination in any form is unacceptable and we will continue to defend the civil rights of disabled Floridians against these types of violations,” McCollum says in a prepared statement. “The successful resolution of this case is, unquestionably, the best outcome possible.”

The decision comes after several years of litigation, including an appeal filed in 2006 and argued in April 2007 by the Solicitor General’s Office. Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed in a news release, but it was stated the settlement includes other permanent injunctive relief, compensation damages and attorney fees and costs.

Avatar Properties, developer of the 47,000-acre master-planned community Poinciana where Solivita is located, is a division of Avatar Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: AVTR).


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