FLORIDA – Oviedo HOA board opposed to Little Free Library resigns after outcry

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Article Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel

By Stephen Hudak

Published July 16, 2018

Directors of an Oviedo homeowners association who opposed a Little Free Library in a resident’s yard resigned this week after appointing three replacements, including Autumn Huff Garick, who refused to get rid of the book-sharing nook near her front sidewalk.

“Yeah, the library is saved,” Garick said in a text after the meeting Wednesday.

The fight over the birdhouse-sized book box in Bentley Woods had triggered a heated discussion on social media earlier this year and led some residents of the middle-class neighborhood to question “inconsistent application” of the so-called nuisance clause in the community rules.

About half of the 200-plus households in the community signed a petition Garick carried door-to-door earlier this year that read, “I like the little library on Bentley Street. Please let it stay.”

In a letter to residents last month, community association manager Raymond Shrum defended the volunteer directors and decried “public animosity that … only serves to unfairly disparage neighbors and discourage people from volunteering in essential roles of the community.”

“The board members are not your enemies,” he wrote.

Shrum noted board members had been advised by legal counsel not to discuss the matter of the library.

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