Article Courtesy of News 4
By Vic Micolucci
Published April 3, 2020
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Clay County nurse, who is fighting on the front lines
against COVID-19, is now also battling her homeowners association.
She said she brought her family’s recreational vehicle into her driveway in case
she needed to self-quarantine, but got threatened with up to $1,000 in fines.
Sarah Lynch, a
clinical nurse coordinator for an area hospital group who
lives in the Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club in Green
Cove Springs, said the HOA board is being unfair to her
“We figured the HOA would be more lenient as the community
is all pulling together,” Lynch said.
She thought it was a good idea to park her family’s RV in
their circular driveway, just in case someone needed to
isolate because of the new coronavirus.
Lynch is working from home, triaging calls and managing
staff and patients, but said she anticipates being called
into the hospital soon to help with coronavirus treatment.
Days after moving the motor home from a
storage lot to her driveway, she and her husband, a
Department of Defense employee who works at an area base,
noticed a note from the Magnolia Point homeowners
association taped to the camper. Lynch told News4Jax the
note said she must remove the vehicle immediately or face
Sarah Lynch said she thought it was a good idea to
park her family’s RV in their circular driveway, just in case
someone needed to isolate because of the new coronavirus.
“They had a big argument, discussion via the board without speaking to us
and decided that we needed to remove our RV or we would be charged $100 a
day, up to $1,000, if we left it here,” Lynch said.
Lynch, who has a
special needs daughter at home, said she felt it was
unnecessary given the difficult times.
“The time will come when I will probably need to isolate
myself,” she added.
The 34-foot RV was a great choice for her because it has a
bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. But the HOA board deemed it a
nuisance and the president refused to negotiate with her,
She said she wants leniency during a time when everyone is
told to adapt.
“It didn’t seem they were concerned about our health
concerns or our jobs as essential personnel,” she said.
News4Jax reached out to the homeowner association’s main
number, the president and via email on its website for
comment, but has not heard back.
Lynch said she is currently keeping her RV off-site at a
storage facility to avoid fines.