Article Courtesy of FOX 13
By Ken Suarez
Published November 30, 2018
WINTER HAVEN - A Winter Haven man says his holiday train display won’t be
de-railed despite the protests of his homeowners' association.
John Solobello fell in love with locomotives when he was just five-years-old.
Ever since, he has been collecting trains and working on layouts.
Last year, he invited his neighbors in
the Villages at Spirit Lake to his house to see what he had
set up in his backyard.
Solobello says it went off without a hitch. This year, it’s
a different story.
The Villages at Spirit Lake is a gated community. Solobello
posted a sign out front with the gate code.
That didn't go over well with the homeowners' association.
The sign mysteriously disappeared, according to Solbello.
The president of the HOA, Frank Johnson told FOX 13 that
making the gate code available to anyone who wants it is a
security issue and Solobello could be fined if he continues
to do it.
“It’s a little depressing,” commented Solobello. “You
want to try to do something to bring people closer together, then something
like this happens.”
Solobello is hoping that people who want to see his trains just follow other
drivers in. He has no intention of backing off.
“I want to do it each year, and more stuff, and change the layout,” he told