A small town Florida mistake allowed a man to temporarily receive a free gift with his purchase: the town’s water tower.
Brooksville City Council made the mistake when businessman Bobby Read approached them in April to buy a small business and a garage under the tower, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
After the $ 55,000 purchase, Read got the package he wanted for a personal training studio and, unexpectedly, the town’s water tower.
It wasn’t until Read went to the county real estate appraiser’s office to get the address of his new business that he learned of the town’s blunder.
“I immediately took the necessary steps to hand over the water tower to the town of Brooksville,” Read said in an email to NPR.
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The tower was accidentally sold to Read due to legal descriptions that the building he wanted to buy was never separated from the parent property where the water tower is located, City Manager Mark Kutney told NPR of Brooksville.
“I don’t know where the blame falls here,” Brooksville City Council member Blake Bell told the Tampa Bay Times. “We are city councilors and we rely on the city manager. We assume he did his due diligence.
Read transferred the Deed of Guarantee to the city on May 14 after owning the tower for over a week. He told NPR he never got the keys or had access to the property. There was a $ 10 fee to return it.
“We are human,” Kutney said. “Sometimes we make a mistake.”
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