FLORIDA – Combat vet fighting protracted battle with HOA over covenants

Article Courtesy of The NW Florida Daily News

By Kelly Humphrey

Published September 12, 2016

NICEVILLE — During his career as an Army Ranger, retired Sgt. First Class Shane Jernigan learned a lot about combat.

He also suffered serious injuries, having broken his back in four places during a parachute jump mishap, and later injuring his ankle during two other training exercises. Due to his injuries, a medical board determined that he had service-related disabilities and medically retired him in 2005.

While those experiences may have made him a tougher soldier, they didn’t prepare him for his current battle with his community’s homeowners association.

Jernigan and his wife realized a dream of living on the water when they rented a townhome in Water Oaks, a small community on Boggy Bayou, three years ago. He said he loves the quiet neighborhood dotted with Spanish moss-covered live oaks.

“In the winter, the sunsets here are beautiful,” he said. “They’re this amazing pink.”

Almost since the day he moved in, however, Jernigan said he has run afoul of the community’s HOA.


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