In my book, Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook, I point out things to watch for when building your home, but here's a new one I came across in today's paper.
Officials Warn of Scrub Jay Scam (North Port, FL)
About 10 property owners were allegedly told by builders this week their lots can't be developed because a little blue and gray bird may reside there. Landowners say they were advised to unload these "worthless" properties and were offered $1,200 per lot, far below the market rate of $45,000. City and county officials went on the offensive to alert residents about the scam and to set the record straight: Lots containing scrub jays or their habitat can still be developed. Property owners just need to submit plans for federal review and pay fees before building can begin.