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Davis Islands woman who went to court over Derek Jeter fence is at it again

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Deborah Ann Zomermaand is at it again.

Zomermaand is the Davis Island woman who took New York Yankees superstar Derek Jeter to court last month over the fence height surrounding his massive waterfront home.

Now, the 59-year-old treasurer of the Davis Islands Civic Association and vice president of Zomermaand Management Services is targeting Frank Paul Ripa, the Tampa construction firm owner who is building a new home nearby.

Ripa, 66, is the owner and CEO of Ripa & Associates, one of the largest construction firms in the Tampa Bay area with $203 million in local revenue for 2015.

In May 2016, Ripa formed 198 Blanca LLC to purchase a waterfront home on Davis Island at 198 Blanca Avenue, for which the entity paid $1.925-million. Ripa then demolished the existing structure, and 198 Blanca LLC submitted plans for a new, two-story home that exceeded the city’s 35-foot height limit by 18 inches.

Court documents are not clear as to whether Ripa plans the home for his own use or to sell.

The company applied for and was recently granted a variance from the Tampa City Council.

In a 140-page petition filed Feb. 23 in Hillsborough County Circuit Court without the aid of an attorney, Zomermaand seeks the court to overturn the city’s approval of Ripa’s 18-inch height variance. She claims the real reason Ripa sought the height variance was “personal preferences,” pointing out that nearby homes currently being built on the same block — including one next door — did not seek a height variance.

Zomermaand’s home at 192 Corsica St., is located about 500 feet from the proposed home at 198 Blanca Avenue. In 2006, Zomermaand and husband Randy purchased a $1.35-million, 4,608-square-foot home. Four years later, the couple bought the home next door at 190 Corsica St.

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