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Dust swirls through Lakewood Ranch neighborhood

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Residents of the Longview Lake Park subdivision of Lakewood Ranch bought into the new neighborhood with a vision of the home of their dreams. But some say construction dust is turning that dream into more of a nightmare.

Homeowners say it's being caused by a major construction project bordering their backyards.

"It happens every couple of weeks, you have a big dust storm. You can't breathe it's so thick. You can't see," resident Mike Hanson said Friday.

Neal Communities is the home builder behind the 841-home Central Park development, that includes the Longview Lake Park neighborhood.

"When a community is new, there's a tremendous amount of value and appreciation for a new community, but there's also some construction issues," said Leisa Weintraub of Neal Communities.

Still, some residents say home construction isn't the concern.

"It's the management of that over 100 acres of baron land and how it's been handled and communicated to us," resident Linda Rojack said.

Neal Communities recently met with homeowners and offered to bring water trucks out to saturate the dusty soil. They're even considering silk screen fences to block out some of the dust.

"We understand their frustrations. We feel bad. We're trying to do everything we can. We want to make the community the place of their dreams," Weintraub said Friday.

But after months cloudy communication and conditions, some say it's too little, too late.

"We feel like it's being treated too much like a job site and not enough like a neighborhood," Rojack said.

Representatives from Neal Communities plan on meeting with residents once a week to make sure construction concerns are under control. The development isn't expected to be complete for at least another 18 months.

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