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Gated Florida community bans children from playing in street

Gated Florida Community Bans Children From Playing In Street

It's not uncommon to drive through a neighborhood and come across children playing in the street, but that won't be happening anymore in one Florida neighborhood.

According to 'Fox & Friends,' the town's motto is 'Live. Work. Play.' Thanks to a new ban on kids playing in the street, that saying may need to be tweaked.

The association says that since there is only one road through the community -- which many drivers speed on -- the rule is necessary to keep everyone safe.

Still, many parents aren't happy about the decision. 'It's just getting to the point where I don't know where they want the kids to play,' one woman said. 'Inside on an Xbox I guess.'

Other residents told WFLA that while children may no longer be able to play in the street, it's not like they don't have other options.

'There's plenty of grass around here, plenty of backyards -- long, extended backyards because there's no fences between them,' another resident explained. 'Why would you chance somebody getting hit by a car when playing in the street?'

The homeowner's association has still not decided what the penalty will be for disregarding the new bylaw.

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Doubledaddy December 20 2013 at 8:40 AM

Another bunch of ignorant "yuppies" ! Why not stop the speeding instead?

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ZazzleSalute December 20 2013 at 11:11 AM

Gated or not , freedom does not stop at the gate, neither does the Constitution.

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caparadiso ZazzleSalute December 20 2013 at 11:32 AM

Your wrong Zazzie although I feel your pain. When you move into one of these communities you sign papers at the closing and agree to the "rules" the existing rules and "any other rules we adopt from time to time". That is the real danger. I am a Realtor in Florida and I advise my customers to stay away, especially if they have young children.And yes, the community rules DO trump the Consittution you are allowed to sign away your rights, and a lot of people do so without knowing it.. They could adopt a "law that says you cant sell your house without their prior approval and there is not a darn thing you can do about it.

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rwilliamhoward December 20 2013 at 10:45 AM

They do THIS because of 'speeding drivers'. Why not put a 'fix' in place that will allow the kids a hard surface to play on, and slow the speeding drivers? SPEED HUMPS, or SPEED BUMPS. One is a smooth up - and - down, the other is much shorter, and you nearly stop to cross it, unless you want to bend the tires.

Those nice 'grass back yards' are carefully maintained. Can you imagine what they will look like in a short time?

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doverw58 rwilliamhoward December 20 2013 at 10:56 AM

Have you ever ridden a bike on grass? It stinks.

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hanna vanhoose doverw58 December 20 2013 at 11:33 AM

get your lazy parents up and let them take you to a park somewhere. stop making demands on others for ones own entertainment. these people who live in these nice areas pay good money for their homes. it is not free and they want them to look nice, not like something out of Chicago.

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Neil December 20 2013 at 9:04 AM

It's all about Safety... Nah! "Why don't you go and play in the street"...

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BlackDeep December 20 2013 at 9:07 AM

Real simple, don't move into the gated community.

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flyhi6969 December 20 2013 at 7:56 AM

What's wrong with enforcing the speed limit and installing really obnoxious speed bumps to slow drivers down? And if possible ban parking on the street so drivers can see the kids as opposed to having kids hidden by parked cars, and running into the street chasing a ball, etc.,

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jmgnyc flyhi6969 December 20 2013 at 8:29 AM

Why even have a street? Just shut the street down. lol

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gasshauler December 20 2013 at 7:49 AM

More modern day mumbo-jumbo. Penalize the children, not the speeders.

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evestar05 gasshauler December 20 2013 at 8:13 AM

Thank you

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warrenag gasshauler December 20 2013 at 8:14 AM

Speed bumps, will stop the speeding real fast.

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Weshusky December 20 2013 at 7:49 AM

Probably passed by a bunch of old fogies (I'm 81) who have forgotten how to be a kid.

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Deborah Weshusky December 20 2013 at 8:02 AM

They have nothing better to do than tell other people how to live

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saysoo1 December 20 2013 at 7:46 AM

We have the same problem in Key Vista. Kids not only play in the streets but they ride unlicensed motor scooters without light on the streets. We have a community pool, playground, Clubhouse, tennis courts, etc. I think the problem is the parents. We're also governed by two different board of directors that do nothing to enforce the regulations and a management company that is worthless.

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doverw58 December 20 2013 at 10:55 AM

Why don't they have side walks? This is ridiculous.

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