Being a bully isn't a good look | Dec. 9 editorial
Alternatives to sod are allowed
Beacon Woods has not been given a fair shake in some articles about deed restriction enforcement.
Recognizing the need for water conservation and to give people options, the Beacon Woods Civic Association allows Bahia grass, which can be maintained on rainwater. We have had a moratorium on lawn violations over the winter period. If there are areas where sod won't grow, we ask people to submit an alternative plan. There is no prohibition against a homeowner association requiring sod under these circumstances.
Even so, we are proposing changes to deed restrictions for homeowners to vote on to allow a ground cover option for at least 50 percent of the lawn with the rest being landscaped with trees, shrubs, and/or plants from an approved list to be adopted from the University of Florida. Proposals for changes would first have to be reviewed and approved.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District was considering changes that were not decided until last April. Our attorney advised that there could be changes which may affect how homeowners are allowed to water and that we should wait to make any proposed changes to deed restrictions. We have an annual election in February and will have proposed changes on that ballot. This was the earliest practical time we could have acted.
Homeowner associations not only have the right to enforce their deed restrictions, they have the obligation to enforce them. People buy into a neighborhood knowing that there are restrictions. Then a few decide they don't like them and regardless of the adverse impact on their neighbors and community decide they are not going to follow them and to fight their battle in public. Reporters and editors are too quick sometimes to portray the person who isn't following the rules as the victim and fail to see that the neighbors and community are the real victims.
Ann Bunting, president, Beacon Woods Civic Association, Hudson
Board a problem, not homeowner | Dec. 8 letter
Board leader far too aggressive
The letter hit the nail on the head regarding the lawn issues in Beacon Woods.
The prior president to Ann Bunting formed an ad hoc committee to investigate the use of Florida Friendly Yards program and plant a model garden with Florida native and other plants for the owners to observe. Two of us were Pasco master gardeners and developed such a plan. This would have relieved many owners from using turf grass if they so chose, saving money and irrigation and chemical usage in the long run.
Bunting was appointed president and one of her first moves was to disband this committee. Hence we now have continued problems with lawn violations causing owners no end of problems with the manner in which the current board operates. Bunting appears to use her overreaching control of the board as a way to protect our property values but the result is just the opposite. Find problems, write them up, if not fixed immediately to their satisfaction then fine them $1,000 and force them to resod with turf grass. Owners are displeased with our leadership.
Daniel Meahl, Hudson