FLORIDA – Man Battles HOA Over Lady Liberty Statue

myfoxphilly.com:  Man Battles HOA Over Lady Liberty Statue
February 18, 2014
A DeBary, FL man is at odds with his homeowner’s association over a 7-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty.   The DeBary Plantation HOA wants Lon Neuville to remove the patriotic display, but he says he’s not going down without a fight. The property management company says this is not about Lady Liberty; it is about having the same rules for all 1,300  families who live at the subdivision.  The homeowner says the HOA approved his statue and then changed its mind, and he will fight to keep it in his yard.   “Several people have told me they liked it.  I heard no negative comments at all,” Neuville said.Neuville said he put the statue in his yard in October. The HOA sent him a letter saying he never filled out an application to make a change, so he did that.  Neuville claims that, in December, the HOA sent him a letter approving the statue, so he bolted it down.  Then in January, he received another letter from the HOA, stating the previous letter issued the approval in error, and he was required to remove the statue within 14 days.  Neuville hired a lawyer.

“He [Neuville’s attorney] 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,'” said Neuville.  Read more:

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