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Man battles HOA over Lady Liberty statue

Man Battles Homeowner's Association Over Lady Liberty Statue

A Florida man is refusing to remove a seven-foot Statue of Liberty replica on his front lawn.

Lon Neuville says he put the statue up in October before he had filled out an application with the HOA. He later got approval in December, which prompted him to bolt down the statue. But in January, the HOA said the approval letter was an error.

When he was told he had two weeks to remove Lady Liberty, he got a lawyer.

Looks like he's holding the torch on this one. He told WOFL his lawyer's stance:

'He sees no provision in the HOA laws or rules or whatever they call it, for approving something, and then at a later date, saying 'We issued the approval in error.''

The HOA said the association's governing documents do not permit statues outside of homes -- and that's not the only problem.

'The president of the HOA says the original application failed to mention the statue is wired for electricity, so it failed an inspection.'

The homeowner says his neighbors aren't complaining and some people in the area have even said they like it.

'The statue is going no where. It's staying. I don't care what it costs me.'

It's all a bit ironic, isn't it? He has already spent $1,000 dollars in lawyers' fees and continues to stand up for his 'lady.'

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mamoseley3 February 08 2014 at 8:35 AM

Sounds to me like the HOA doesn't know what is allowed and what is not. If I were this man, I would tell them to back off. They OK'd the statue and as far as I'm concerned, this man can leave it in his yard. This IS America -- and the Statue of Liberty is a huge part of our lives.

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aaldrew mamoseley3 February 08 2014 at 8:49 AM

Yes

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elliottleann February 08 2014 at 1:22 PM

Good for him!! Stick to your guns. It sounds like another power-hungry bogus HOA.

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Mickey February 08 2014 at 1:25 PM

Good for you to stay put ignore the HOA!

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donbroomall5 February 08 2014 at 1:27 PM

THIS SHOULD BE A WARNING TO ALL "HOA'S" ARE A MENACE.

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DARRYLL February 08 2014 at 3:18 PM

If he loses the battle if he doesn't mind it being in North Carolina, will let him put it in our yard, we own our own home on 2+ acres with a great spot for it on our property adjoining two roads.

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corene February 08 2014 at 3:31 PM

i don't see anything wrong with it.....more power to him. why can't he keep her on his lawn ???????

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David S. corene February 08 2014 at 3:36 PM

Reading isn't your strong point, is it?

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Kenny David S. February 08 2014 at 3:46 PM

nor understand yours............

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reevesj32 February 08 2014 at 9:18 AM

My first question when looking for a new house in a development is "Does this development have a home association?" If the answer is an affirmative one, I move on.

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lken06880 reevesj32 February 08 2014 at 9:35 AM

You just hook up your trailer to the hitch and move on, good idea.

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jsimancas reevesj32 February 08 2014 at 9:36 AM

HOA IS TO PROTECT THE VALUE OF THE HOUSE YOU BUY , SOME ONE MAY COME AND PAINT HOUSE RED AND BLACK AND THAT WILL DECREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY AND DOWNGRAE THE AREA WHERE YOU LIVE

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hareglsl February 08 2014 at 3:33 PM

Its towering !! HUGE !!! maybe 5 foot tall !! Story is lamb !!

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pepelaputr hareglsl February 08 2014 at 3:36 PM

The story is an immature sheep?

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ajafullmn pepelaputr February 08 2014 at 3:41 PM

What was the title of that book? The Dumbing Down of America". Hopefully lamb was a typo. lol

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markruck hareglsl February 08 2014 at 5:15 PM

Didn't read the story and can't spell, either, I see?

Right from the top, the statue is noted as being seven feet tall. And, seeing that B is nowhere near E on the keyboard, what, exactly is "lamb?" "Lame," maybe? But, as I guess you were in such a hurry to transmit your simple thought that you couldn't take the time to proofread that one line, which included other mistakes such as "Its" (should be "It's") and five FEET tall. And the multiple exclamation points really augmented your argument. So, when school was in session, what, exactly, were you doing?

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flyankee10286 February 08 2014 at 3:35 PM

let your neighbors top you. LOL

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madmazmazloum February 08 2014 at 1:20 PM

**** HOA's

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