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HAMMOCK DUNES ? Six months after building a large custom house with an ocean view, Missouri residents Mark and Brenda Voss learned of a big problem ? it?s on the wrong lot.
Their three-story vacation rental house with an estimated construction value of $680,000 actually sits on the lot next to the one they own in the gated Ocean Hammock resort community.
?We are in total disbelief, just amazed this could happen,? said Mark Voss, who owns a property management and real estate company in central Missouri. ?We may have moved (to Ocean Hammock) someday. But, with this headache and grief, we?re not so sure. The Midwest is looking pretty good right now.?
The Voss?s builder, Keystone Homes, which is based in Ormond Beach but builds primarily in Flagler County, has contacted the two lot owners and other parties and is trying to negotiate a settlement, said Robbie Richmond, company vice president.
?The buck stops with the builder. We know that. We are in the process of trying to schedule a conference call and find a fair resolution without the lawyers,? Richmond said. ?I have built about 600 homes in Flagler County and this has never happened to me before. It does happen, but it?s rare.?
The Vosses, who own 18 other residential lots in the Hammock Dunes master-planned community, paid $160,000 for one with a street address of 23 Ocean Ridge Blvd. North in June 2012, according to Flagler County property records. They hired Keystone Homes to design and build a 5,000-square-foot house there to use as a vacation rental managed by Vacation Rental Pros in St. Augustine.
Apparently the threat of a costly ticket isn't enough to slow down drivers passing through work zones on Missouri's highways, so the state is taking extreme measures to solve the dilemma. Missouri's Department of Transportation is preparing to deploy the LRAD sound cannon ? a tool (some might say "weapon") that's been used to break up mass gatherings like Occupy Wall Street ? to warn motorists that they're going too fast. The device emits a targeted, deafening siren that "easily penetrates the windshield and well-insulated cab of a car, even overriding the vehicle?s engine sounds and a radio turned up loud enough to jam to tunes at highway speeds."
The state has already conducted tests with LRAD (embedded below), loading it onto the back of a truck and sending out verbal "slow vehicles ahead" warnings to nearby vehicles. But now Missouri has committed to the technology by purchasing two of the pricey devices. Transportation officials claim that they provide an unmistakable alert about slower roadwork vehicles up ahead, and insist LRAD will only be directed at speeding drivers that haven't yet moved out of work lanes. Still, critics maintain that the ear-piercing nature of the alerts presents a clear danger in and of itself.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A rare St. Louis coin collection that sold for more than $23 million at a two-day New York City auction can be traced to when the collection's 102-year-old owner received an 1859 one-cent piece more than nine decades ago from his grandfather.
Retired St. Louis lawyer Eric P. Newman only paid about $7,500 for the 1,800 piece collection of early American coins that sold for much more at the auction. Most of the coins had been off the market for 50 years. Auctioneer Jim Halperin said the items represent just one-third of Newman's total collection.
Another auction of foreign coins is planned for January and is expected to garner at least $10 million, Halperin said.
Proceeds from both sales will go toward supporting the nonprofit Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. The society operates the Newman Money Museum, which is part of the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. Newman is a 1935 law graduate of the school.
Halperin, co-chairman of Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, called Newman one of the world's most accomplished numismatists, or professional coin collectors. He's written at least five well-received books and countless articles on the topic in a journey that began with a present from his grandfather when Newman was just seven.