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MY FOX Channel 13 -- TAMPA
Published December 18, 2009
- Not long after Thanksgiving, Yves Dandurand started work
on the Christmas display that would go up in his front
"It took me over a week to
build everything piece by piece," Dandurand said.
The display covers must of the tiny
front yard of his Beacon Woods town house. His neighbors
seem to like the display.
"It was in very good taste that
he put the up there. I'll tell you, I'm all for
them," said Dandurand's neighbor Artie Coll.
The Beacon Woods Civic Association, the group
representing home owners, is not nearly as excited about the display. It
sent Dandurand a letter saying much of the display violates the Beacon
Woods deed restrictions.
"The issue is very simple; the issue has to do
with the fence," said association president Tom Pohl. "Fences in
Beacon Woods are not allowed."
The association wrote a letter reminding
Dandurand the fence used to support many of the lights on his
display was not permitted.
"We're not Grinches. We're not going to
tell people to tear down their Christmas displays," Pohl said.
He added "...we take tremendous pride in the Christmas displays
we have here."
But the letter reminding Dandurand that part
of his Christmas display violates deed restrictions goes too far, in
some residents' opinions
"I don't think it's right. I feel that people
that people should be able to decorate for the holiday season," said
Jenny Buska, a neighbor.
"I think it's ridiculous. He's even inspired me
to put up some lights, which I never do," said neighbor Jerry Giles,
who lives around the corner from Dandurand.
As for the future of his display, Dandurand said
"I don't want to fight. I just hope they have common sense, what they
The HOA president says the association's next move
depends on what happens to that display when the holidays are over.