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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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shar February 08 2014 at 10:26 AM

HOA..Big Brother gone crazy! Made up of homeowers with an ax to grind they have more power to foreclose on your home than your Mortgage Company. Crazy.... Most people want to keep their property up for the value..(equity) So why do we need these busy bodies? Less than 3% turn out to vote for board members...So if you want to be "King or Queen" of everything...just get 10 of your like minded homeowners to vote for you and you can rule with an iron fist.

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joebro44 February 08 2014 at 4:52 PM

Change the board ,The HOA is made up of home owners who thank they are God of the HOA and can take homes fine home owners ,most have huge egos ,keep fighting.

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daveplummer1012 joebro44 February 08 2014 at 8:44 PM

They thank they are God??? Nice try Jethro...lol

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bryanmerrittper2 February 08 2014 at 10:03 AM

This is what you get for living in an area with a HOA..

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JIM ISHOO February 08 2014 at 4:56 PM

Good for him, screw the Home owners association, they are bunch of thieves anyways.

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josdon February 08 2014 at 9:56 AM

If the statue depicted Quarterback Dan Marino , and the HOA told him to remove it, would we even be having this discussion?

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jwyola February 08 2014 at 4:56 PM

He received approval, spent time and money following that approval. Let the Homeowners' association live by its own rulings and decisions.

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chefdorsback February 08 2014 at 5:08 PM

Tell the HOA to "Eat your shorts"!!!!!

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jguss69 February 08 2014 at 5:10 PM

put an american flag beside it

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Hello Neo! jguss69 February 08 2014 at 5:16 PM

Amen.

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Edith February 08 2014 at 5:16 PM

GOOD LUCK TO MR. LIBERTY. i HATE IT WHEN ASSOCIATIONS TAKE ON A "WE OWN YOU"
ATTITUDE WHICH THEY SEEM TO DO A LOT. GO FOR IT!!! HOPE YOU WIN.

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seattlewkr Edith February 08 2014 at 5:18 PM

One of the posting rules in this club is that you type in normal type, punctuate according to typical grammar guidelines, so you should be fined yourself.

You should pay us for reading that dribble.

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grainman1955 seattlewkr February 08 2014 at 5:37 PM

And who made you the penmanship queen?

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Joan February 08 2014 at 10:08 AM

Stop griping and enjoy the freedon it stands for !!!!

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