An old rant about homeowner associations and restrictive local laws recently received this comment about laws and rules that require perfect green lawns:
live in one of those lovely "Deed Restricted" communities. We too are under
water restrictions here in Florida. Yet here they are giving out citations
left and right. On my street alone at least every other house has received a
citation. We have fifteen days to "resod", which is the only permissible
I recently posted a letter to the editor about this. I have
received "hate mail" from anonymous "angry neighbors". Expressing their
disgust at people like me who flaunt the rules. I have three burnt
spots approximately a foot wide on the side of my driveway. For this I
am expected to sod my entire lawn. I have already told them that is not
on my agenda. I am still awaiting their response. What a bunch of
Nazis! And strangely the same people are always elected. Sounds very fishy
Then the commenter left this link to the Great White Lawn Enforcer of his civic association (Beacon Woods in the Tampa area). This Neanderthal seems proud of the 150 citations he issued last year for lawn violations. Noting that some residents have complained that it’s hard to grow grass under trees, he suggests creating a "garden area" around the trees, "provided the area does
not exceed 20% of the front side or back areas." So 80 percent of the property HAS to be lawn – perfect, and green at all times. He goes on to threaten legal action against anyone who refuses to get with the program.
"LET’S KEEP THE HOUSES BEAUTIFUL AND THE LAWNS GREEN ALL THE TIME"
That headline in bold serves as a loud reminder from the "Deed Restriction Committee Chair" of the attitude behind their outdated restrictions. But even more prominent on the website of this proud little deed-restricted community is this bit of dubious PR: "A Friendly Community and Florida Bird Sanctuary." Excuse me while I gag.