and Video Courtesy of FOX 35 NEWS Orlando
April 7, 2011
EDGEWATER, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - If one
homeowners association in Edgewater has its way, children will not be
allowed to ride their bikes and play out side, without the direct control
of a "responsible" adult. The Persimmon Place HOA came up with a
new proposed list of rules.
Part of rule number 4 states that
"children will not be permitted to run, play tag, or act boisterously
on the association property."
The proposed rules also say no playing in
common areas or parking lots including the driveway. Some families who
live there are outraged.
Five-year-old Maddox rode his bike around
the cul-de-sac in front of his motherís town home Sunday
some members of the Persimmon Place HOA have their way, by this time next
month, his mother would be fined for this. "I don't think you should
take the right way to ride your bike and play kickball and yell and scream
outside," said Keller.
But according to the new set of recommended
rules and regulations for the association, that's exactly what would
happen. Rule number four starts by saying children will be under the
direct control of adults at all times. "Children will not be allowed
to run, play tag, or act boisterously on the association property".
It also states that there is no playing in common areas or parking lots
including driveways and no playing in front of the rear of units. "As
you can see everything is pretty much common areas except that 3 feet we
own," said Keller.
FOX 35 stopped by one of the HOA board
members homes asked why they're trying to stop kids from playing outside.
All she would tell us. "It's been blown out of proportion," said
one board member. Then she told us to leave the property. If the new rules
are passed, the proposed fine for a child caught playing in the drive or
in the common areas is $100. "They're going to have to get that money
out of me because that's not going to happen. They can ticket me all they
want. My kids are going to play," said neighbor Shonna Mayer.
All homeowners will get their chance to
vote on these new rules on April 27. Over 50 percent, which would be more
than 25 homeowners would have to vote in favor for this to pass. They've
contacted a lawyer who is researching the legalities of this and they plan
on fighting this.