Couple finally breaks driveway deadlock, contractor pours cement for extension

A home in the Village of Bridgeport at Miona Shores finally had concrete poured Friday for a driveway extension after a protracted battle.

Mike Tedesco and Geri Vitale bought the home at 2322 Beachwood Street in 2007 for $468,000. They won permission from the Architectural Review Committee for a garage expansion to accommodate their five vehicles – a Toyota Tundra pickup, a Lexus SUV, a Streetrod golf cart, a Corvette, and a vintage car.

Homeowner with 'eyesore' driveway finally sees hope of resolving situation
The couple had been denied an extension for the driveway in the Village of Bridgeport at Miona Shores.

However, the couple was shocked when the ARC would not grant them permission to extend the driveway to the street. They said the unfinished driveway was an “eyesore” in the neighborhood.

Tedesco and Vitale are still out in California winding down in anticipation of their move to The Villages, so Tedesco’s cousin, Jack Ridolph of the Village of Virginia Trace, passionately pleaded their case last month to Community Development District 6 supervisors. CDD 6 has the strictest standards in The Villages when it comes to driveways.

CDD 6 supervisors, on a split vote, agreed to bend a little on its interpretation of driveway extensions.

The couple resubmitted their application to the ARC and this time, won approval.

Jerome Wilson Construction Co. was out Friday pouring the cement.

Jerome Wilson, center in red shirt, pours cement at the home in Bridgeport at Miona Shores.
Jerome Wilson, center in red shirt, pours cement at the home in Bridgeport at Miona Shores.

“The homeowners are just elated that this project has been completed after such an unnecessary delay,” Ridolph said.

The driveway was extended to the street on Friday.
The driveway was extended to the street on Friday.