and Video Courtesy of Channel 5 News
March 30, 2011
NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. - Deep within
the heart of a seemingly idyllic North Palm Beach neighborhood, something
buy some lemonade?" a vendor asks.
That's right the sinister
presence is a lemonade stand.
The vendors are children ages
Their neighborhood homeowners
association is unhappy with the business.
didn't know there was a problem, but we just received a
problem, but we just received a letter a couple of weeks
ago, saying that they were trying to shut us down,"
said Debra Cohen.
didn't like it cause they don't have children like us," added Jessica
Cohen, one of the small business owners.
Prosperity Harbor Homeowners Association
filed a complaint which says, "signs are prohibited and business may
not be conducted in their neighborhood."
kind of upset and we talked about whether we could still
do it or not," said Kayla Cohen.
Jessica said, "We want
to continue selling it...The lemonade. We can save
According to the vendors,
HOA bylaws say they can't have a business in the
a sense of camaraderie, they're having a good time. It's
keeping them focused on a positive task," said
Elizabeth Lerner, a mother of one of the children.
the children the stand is about having fun with friends and raising money
for a good cause.
"My friend, she has a disabled sister,
so we donate it to her school," said Rachel Strauss.
Attempts to contact the HOA failed. The
parents of the children say the number of complaints the HOA received was
less than ten.