and Video Courtesy of FOX 4 News, Naples
November 27, 2013
ESTERO, Fla.- An Estero man is fighting
with his Homeowner Association. He says the argument started after he put
in a new pool. He says this is a perfect example when the HOA has too much
|Chuck Scariano took full
advantage of his home's beautiful view. He moved into Bella
Largo in 2008 and 2 years later he added a pool.
"A pool adds value to
your home. I have probably the nicest view in the
community," said Scariano.
says that is when things went off the deep end. He says
his Homeowner Association started giving him trouble
because of the area next to the door known as a "bumpout."
It was not built according to approved plans.
door was scheduled to be right around here where this ends and I thought
it would be a lot easier for my wife and safer if I added 1/2 feet to
the approved bumpout and put a 40 inch door," said Scariano as he
pointed to the area next to the door.
Scariano says he made changes to accommodate
his wife who is partially blind. He argues other neighbors built their
patios the same way.
"I feel that they are
being subjective with singling me out for this."
Scariano has now hired an
attorney over these pool problems. The HOA has already
fined him $1,000.
"The HOA took away
my rights to the gym, took away my clicker and they make
me identify myself with a license every time I come
through the front gate."
I took Scariano's concerns to the HOA's
attorney. He says Scariano submitted plans to enlarge his lanai in 2010,
but the end result did not match those plans and if a resident isn't in
compliance, the HOA can suspend privileges and impose fines. In this
case, both happened.
"We're hoping to mediate and then come
to some type of agreement on a solution that doesn't require
litigation," said Chuck's attorney, Alan Hamisch.