In yet another argument against homeowners associations, a Clearwater Police officer was told she could face hundreds of dollars in violation costs if she did not remove her marked police cruiser from the very driveway she paid for.
According to ABC Action News, both the officer and her husband are employed with law enforcement agencies, and local residents don’t have a problem with the police cruiser being there, as police presence generally leads to a decrease in crime.
Holiday Isles Management, the HOA managing the East Lake Woodlands neighborhood of Cross Pointe, stated that government-owned vehicle is a violation of HOA rules.
The move by the HOA is a peculiar one, as it had not been a problem in the past.
Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter expressed his dismay towards the HOA, stating that it was disappointing that the HOA would not flex on the issue.
“The actions of this association to changing the rules is disappointing, to say the least,” he said in a statement. “If you are going to change the rules on them, it seems logical to provide a grandfather clause that the association will honor. Not a grandfather clause they changed their mind on honoring.”
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