Pinellas residents contact ‘Better call Behnken’ because of flooding from construction site

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Residents who live around the reconstruction site where the Belleair’s historic Biltmore Hotel used to be are furious about flooding and erosion. They blame the developer, JMC Design and Development.

Tim Moynihan lives across the street on Belleview Boulevard and says every time it rains, his neighborhood is left with a mess. He provided video to 8 On Your Side that shows dramatic flooding from a major July storm. Moynihan says he documented extreme flooding multiple times and is fed up with the erosion on his property.

“Yeah, has every place in Florida held a puddle?” he said. “Absolutely. But we shouldn’t be holding a pond.”

Residents have complained and are not happy with the developer’s response.

“Being 9.5 months pregnant and walking out in your driveway and slipping on mud is not exactly the safest thing,” Josette Moynihan said.

It’s not just the flooding, it’s the erosion and nasty debris left behind. “It is a torrential amount of water,” Moynihan said. “It comes down, off the street onto our property and what it does is it winds around. We’ve had nails debris, rodents.”

The water rushes between homes and dumps into a creek. The Moynihans installed their own barrier to help with erosion, but it keeps washing away.

JMC Design & Development demolished the historic Biltmore Hotel to make way for condominiums, homes and a boutique hotel. Steve Wood, project superintendent, said the company did take action after July’s major storm. Crews reinforced a property fence and added a drain, but the company still has not committed to fixing erosion caused by the flooding.

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