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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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Rodney Reese December 20 2013 at 3:39 PM

Kids shouldn't be playing in the street in the first place. More than a handfull of times I have seen kids just miss getting hit by a car and a 14 year old got hit by running in front of a car chasing a soccerball. The streets are for vehicles not a playground for kids. That's why they have parks. Be respnsible and take you kids to a nearby park.

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cambion7 December 20 2013 at 3:21 PM

Don't live in a community ran by dictators you'll have no problem with your children playing in the streets.

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mdt110260 December 20 2013 at 3:12 PM

That's one more reason I do not live in a deed restricted Socialist community.

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egsqdancer December 20 2013 at 2:04 PM

Florida needs to change the extent to which Home Owner/Condo Associations can dictate to home owners how they have to spend their money and live their lives. It is dictatorial, implying dictatorship, indicating unamerican.

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Rodney Reese December 20 2013 at 3:42 PM

Dictate ? It's all a safety matter for children, not for parents that are too lazy to get off their butts and take them to a safe place to play!

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Rollin T Thunder December 20 2013 at 4:27 PM

I recall a time not too long ago when children didn't require parental guidance or supervision to "go out and play." So, I guess the children I do see playing outdoors all have lazy parents?

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kingofswords72 December 20 2013 at 9:34 PM

Actually the homeowners association is secondary to the municipal police. It's already against the law to play in the street, so the police have jurisdiction over it (gated community or not), not the HOA. I have my doubts that the HOA even has legal authority to "fine" people for doing something that they have no REAL jurisdiction over or even have the authority to create a redundant rule that's already covered by law. I remember playing football, baseball, Frisbee, doing bicycle stunts in the middle of the street when I was a kid, but we always kept an eye out for the cops because it was illegal.

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stew6241 December 20 2013 at 1:48 PM

No one is penalizing kids by keeping them out of the streets. And Yes speeders should be stopped. It is unsafe for kids to play in the streets even if there are no speeders or oldsters. Parents should be fined for allowing.

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leemckenna December 20 2013 at 1:45 PM

Anyone speeding through a subdivision, not only deserves a BIG TICKET, but should have their plates/names posted in the community's newsletter!

Meanwhile, since most speed limits hover around 25 within such communities...as long as there isn't a blind spot as cars approach where kids are playing, the kids have plenty of time to move to the side. Kick ball, stick ball, football, softball, etc were all played on streets where I grew up, and my own kids do so today.

Also, did the subdivision PAY for this street to be built? Do they pay ALL MAINTENANCE on said street? It is a PUBLIC ROAD...therefore, the subdivision has NO LEGAL SAY in what goes on in the road!

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Rodney Reese December 20 2013 at 3:44 PM

Yea, nice parent putting them in dangers way of a 2 ton vehicle. Go ahead and take that chance the kids will move HUH! Bad Parents.

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kingofswords72 December 20 2013 at 9:48 PM

And you never played in the street when you were a kid Rodney?

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kingofswords72 December 20 2013 at 9:47 PM

You're right about the HOA not having any legal say about it, but the fact of the matter is (even though all the kids do it and the parents allow it) it is ILLEGAL to play in the street. It would fall under the category of jay walking or worst case scenario, obstructing traffic/causing a disturbance/disturbing the peace if it is out of hand. Even in a gated community the HOA has no authority to make rules, fine people or restrict individuals on a public thoroughfare, that is for the municipality to enforce.

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AHMA December 20 2013 at 1:16 PM

Rather than penalize the children; ticket the SPEEDERS. They're the ones causing the safety hazard. COMMON SENSE 101 !

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Rodney Reese December 20 2013 at 3:47 PM

They are protecting the kids from irresponsible parents,not penalizing them. If you can't see that I feel sorry for your children.

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DOUG December 20 2013 at 12:52 PM

If you live in a gated community with a bunch of old stick in the mud's take what ya get. Bet you get to pay HOA fee's for the privledge of others telling you where your kids can play.

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jgesselberty December 20 2013 at 2:06 PM

No. You get to pay HOA fees for keeping the value of your home as high as possible by the covenants and restrictions in place. It's a proven fact. You also get to pay HOA fees because you accepted these rules when you bought your home. It's law to have these presented to you before you buy.

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kingofswords72 December 20 2013 at 9:58 PM

I'd rather let the value of my property decrease than to let others dictate how I live.

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kingofswords72 December 20 2013 at 9:57 PM

Those who sit on the board of an HOA have reached the height of their competence. They're small minded people looking for a little power in their life. They smile and shake your hand and act like they are the nicest people in the world while trying to get elected to the board, and then after the election they show their true colors. If you ever want to keep your sanity - never, ever, ever join an HOA. When stating my preferences for habitat I always quote Daniel Boone "I want to live where I can't see the smoke from my neighbors chimney".

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jeslats December 20 2013 at 12:37 PM

sometimes hmas need to get a life and quit acting like a bunch of old fuddy duddies

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Charles December 20 2013 at 12:20 PM

Apparently the association doesn't have any children to speak of. Instead of attacking the children attack the drivers by putting speed limits and speed bumps into effect. This is just another example of uneducated people with to much power and nothing to do but make up stupid rules in order to suit themselves. What's next NO PLAYING OUTSIDE!!!

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jgesselberty December 20 2013 at 2:07 PM

You obviously know little about HOA's.

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