Article Courtesy of
ABC Action News Tampa Bay
By Heather Leigh
Published September 14, 2019
EAST LAKE -- A Clearwater police officer who was previously told she could not
park her marked cruiser in her driveway is now getting permission from the
The officer's family
had a grandfather letter from the previous board telling
them they could park the cruiser in the driveway. While the
current HOA didn't honor that for weeks, they have now
changed their minds.
The family is now allowed to park one marked cruiser in
their East Lake driveway.
The rule itself, however, remains in place. The HOA's
attorney specifically told the family that if they move,
they are legally required to tell the future owners that if
they have a law enforcement or government-issued vehicle,
they can't park it in the driveway.
This rule, in general, is something that two state leaders are perplexed by,
vowing to try and change the law so this doesn't happen to other first responder
families in the state.
We've tried asking Holiday Isles Management, the HOA managing Cross Pointe in
East Lake Woodlands, about the rule but they have told us multiple times that
they have no comment.
The family's attorney, Kelly Blum, released the following statement:
"My clients are pleased Cross Pointe Homeowners Association, Inc., came to its
senses, at least in this particular instance. The good guys won.
Still, they understand the particular restriction remains in effect as to other
Members of the association. This is unfortunate. At issue is whether the
particular restriction is reasonable. Clearly, the overwhelming reaction of the
good people of this jurisdiction and nation-wide demonstrates the restriction
is, on its face, unreasonable.
There is however, a glimmer of hope that this sort of unreasonable restriction
will be legislated out of existence. I understand Tallahassee is considering
addressing this particular subject soon. Stay tuned!"