and Video Courtesy of Channel 9 WFTV
By Karla Ray
Published October 31, 2019
KISSIMMEE - 9 Investigates learned an Osceola County
Commissioner is calling on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to
investigate the homeowners association management company that hired an
ex-cop-turned-felon to work inside a Kissimmee community.
Channel 9 has been covering the back and forth
between people who live in the Turnberry Reserve
neighborhood and Management 35 Firm, which manages the
community on behalf of the HOA.
Investigative reporter Karla Ray first exposed
neighbors' concerns in the community, and she learned
some of those homeowners have now filed a lawsuit
against the management company and
current HOA Board.
Some homeowners inside Turnberry Reserve were issued HOA
fines and violations for holding signs during a
demonstration earlier this month, encouraging residents
to vote in a new HOA board
"Every single time I'm exposed, I receive a violation," homeowner
Waleska Herzog said.
Commissioner Fred Hawkins said the notices of violation are invalid,
because the demonstration took place on county right-of-way, not HOA
"That is county property, and it belongs to the citizens. They have a
right to stand out there and protest. There's nothing she can do about
it, and the county doesn't even require a permit for it," Hawkins said.
Hawkins is now asking the FDLE to investigate the owner of Management
35, Sherry Raposo. Four homeowners just named her in a lawsuit, along
with the current HOA board members, and her live-in business partner,
Joseph Conover, who we exposed is an ex-cop-turned-felon working in the
community. The suit details the recent fines and also a claim that the
homeowners have been denied access to the HOA's website, preventing them
from paying on their account balances.
"The common denominator in all the issues we're having within our
community, is Management 35, Sherry Raposo and Joseph Conover,"
homeowner Maria Napolitano said.
Hawkins believes the fines from Management 35 are targeted.
"It's not a coincidence, and if Sherry's watching this and she wants to
have her attorney send me a cease and desist letter like everyone else,
go ahead and do that Sherry, I'd like to see you in court trying to stop
me," Hawkins said.
9 Investigates reached HOA President Diana Boyd by phone on Monday. She
said everything she has done has been with the best interest of the
community in mind, and then hung up.