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Florida man refuses to sell home in the middle of massive $600M development

Homeowner Orlando Capote refuses to sell his home even though the small single-family dwelling stands in the middle of a huge construction project in Coral Gables, Florida.

The $600 million commercial development is the largest in the city’s history.

Capote has been offered a lot of money, many times but refuses to sell because of its priceless sentimental value. He’s dug in despite the noise, rubble and frequent high-dollar offers. “The house is my soul. So what good is it to sell your soul for a lot of money in the world,” he told reporters in Miami.

His home is in the middle of a construction zone and is now engulfed by the massive development.

Capote tells CBS Miami that when his father came from Cuba he worked double this home for their family. That was back in 1989.

For the past 6 years, Capote has refused to sell to developers, real estate agents or flippers who made offers up to $900,000 for the two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1300 square-foot house.

In 2005, passed and in 2020, he lost his mother, she demanded countless times that Capote not sell their family treasure.

Capote believes the city has broken violations, as he is now engulfed by the upcoming plaza development. The city of Coral Gables maintains that no laws have been broken and the fire code has not been violated.

Capote says he’s not going anywhere.

The Corals Gable man tells reporters his parents memories still linger in the house.