Osceola County, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) — A 79-year-old Florida man returned to his home this week to find a line of cinder blocks cemented down in the middle of his driveway after his neighbor constructed the wall, claiming the property as his own.
Oliver Lynch, 79, tells WFTV that he “hates to be bullied” and that a new neighbor building a new home on a vacant property next door to him is responsible for sectioning off half of his driveway. The new neighbor cemented the line of cinder blocks down the section of Lynch’s driveway that he says is on his property. Lynch has lived in the same home for 25 years.
“I have little fight left in me, and I hate to see somebody bulldoze over me,” Lynch told WFTV, adding that the cinder block wall was constructed in the middle of his driveway with no prior warning.
Lynch produced records that show two 12-foot driveways are allowed side-by-side on the property. An Osceola County spokesman contacted by WFTV agreed, but suggested the reluctant new neighbors bring in a surveyor to take the matter up in court.
Lynch said it’s absurd that he must resort to legal action to reclaim his driveway he’s had for decades.
“What’s he going do with these extra few yards of concrete?” Lynch asked.
The neighbor couldn’t be found for comment by WFTV and Osceola County officials had no record of a phone number for the man responsible for constructing the cinder block wall. Lynch said he’s spoken to the man before and that he won’t back down on the border dispute.
“He said he was a minister or something like that. (A) God-fearing man. But I don’t think that’s very Christian-like,” said Lynch.