Cybersecdn– In the serene surroundings of Spanish Lakes Fairways, a Florida community known for its picturesque lakes, a harrowing incident unfolded that led to an 85-year-old resident, Gloria Serge, losing her life to a gator attack. This tragic event has sparked a significant legal battle, shedding light on the community’s failure to adequately warn its residents of the lurking dangers in their backyards.
Gloria Serge, a beloved figure in the community and a resident of 30 years, met her untimely demise while adhering to a directive from the property management to walk her dog within her premises or at a distant community-owned dog run. An alligator, over 10 feet long, attacked her, leading to fatal consequences. This incident has raised questions about the community’s awareness and handling of wildlife threats, especially given reports that maintenance workers had previously engaged with the alligator, whimsically named ‘Henry’, by feeding it chicken scraps.
The Serge family, represented by Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC, has filed a lawsuit against Wynne Building Corp., the community’s owner and operator, seeking damages of at least $50,000. The lawsuit highlights a lack of cautionary signage around the lake and criticizes the community’s approach to wildlife management, which seemingly encouraged residents to frequent the lake area without proper warnings of the potential dangers.
Joel Wynne, president of Wynne Building Corp., defended the community’s track record, emphasizing that this was an unprecedented incident in the community’s 37-year history. Nevertheless, the incident has ignited a debate on the responsibilities of residential communities in wildlife-prone areas to ensure the safety of their residents, particularly in regions like Florida where alligator presence is a well-known fact.