FLORIDA – Oviedo homeowners association demands family remove Little Free Library from yard

CCFJ.NET:  Oviedo homeowners association demands family remove Little Free Library from yard
Article Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel
By Stephen Hudack
Published May 8, 2018
Even before lawyers for the Oviedo homeowners association got involved, Bob Garick looked at the birdhouse-shaped Little Free Library box in the front yard and asked his wife, Autumn, “Is this worth a fight?”  
They decided it was after the board governing the Bentley Woods neighborhood voted unanimously last month to direct a lawyer to send the Garicks a certified letter demanding they take down the box filled with children’s books such as “Where the Wild Things Are,” arguing the mini library is prohibited by association rules.

“Why is it a crime?” asked Sherry Hynoski, who lives in the middle-class community south of State Road 434 and east of State Road 417 and signed a petition asking the association to let the book-lending box stay. “Who’s it hurting?”

The Bentley Woods Community Association lawyer’s letter, which also demands $194.75 for “attorney fees and costs,” contends covenants or rules were “created to help protect and maintain the values of the properties within the Association.” Lawyer Ryan Fong alleges the Garicks violated a rule requiring homeowners to submit a “complete set of plans and specifications for the proposed improvements” before starting “construction.” Read more:

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