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By Amanda Dues
Published April 30, 2020
WEKIWA SPRINGS -- A Seminole County Homeowners
Association says it will not take down signs warning that, 'In light of
the current shelter-at-home orders, only residents are allowed in.'
A full day after the Seminole County Sheriff's office
said it would ask that the signs be taken down, they remain at the
entrance to Wekiva Cove.
They warn only residents are allowed in light of
shelter-at-home order and suggest sheriff's deputies are authorized to
A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office says limiting access to the
neighborhood is not something deputies will enforce and that the signs
A member of the HOA board says the community, in which the roads and
sidewalks are all privately maintained, tends to attract outside
visitors, many coming to their lakefront park.
He said in light of the coronavirus they want that non-resident traffic,
The HOA says while it's willing to take the sentence
claiming deputies will do ID checks off of the signs, the warning that
residents only are allowed will remain.
During this new normal of social distancing and shelter-at-home, it's
possible more communities like Wekiva Cove's will start restricting
public access. The question is if HOA'S have that legal right/
An attorney we consulted says HOA's do have a right to deny access to
private property but the restrictions and how they may be enforced
depend on the HOA's governing rules.