School Board is on the right track
Congratulations to the School Board of Pasco County.
It appears as though this board has lost the rubber stamps handed down from previous boards. What a refreshing concept of doing the job to which they were elected.
David Deck, New Port Richey
As a resident of Bridgewater, I am interested in a case in which our homeowners association may or may not have circumvented the law.
The association posted notices on a house that at the time was vacant. A second notice went on the house demanding rent five days before the tenant moved in. When the tenant found the notice, she contacted the owners. The owners' lawyer learned that a lien had been placed on the house for a missed payment to the association back in 2009.
The owners attempted over a period of two weeks to pay the lien but the association did not return their calls, emails and provided no address other than a post office box to send payment. The owners worked diligently and followed the law to prevent their tenant from being evicted.
The association never has given the owners an actual number as to what they owe the association due to interest, lawyer fees and other fines levied for missing a $135 payment in 2009. The lien placed on the house in 2009 calls for payment of $2,651 but the association will not accept that amount.
As a homeowner trying to sell my home in the same neighborhood, I have had Realtor after Realtor tell me that nobody is buying in Bridgewater due to the overzealous actions of the homeowners association and mostly, that of the president.
I hope that this particular family, and others who have been victimized by their associations, come forward. We as a people need to have better protection from overbearing and over-reaching associations.
Mark Truatmann, Wesley Chapel
A big thanks from HPH Hospice
National Nursing Home Week begins today and presents HPH Hospice with the opportunity to thank facility staff and volunteers with whom we have formed invaluable partnerships. This year's theme, "Celebrating the Journey," resonates with our nursing home philosophy.
In May 1991, our not-for-profit hospice pioneered its first nursing home team comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, aides, bereavement counselors and volunteers.
More than 20 years later, we are honored to serve residents in nursing homes throughout Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
We are grateful to facilities that have given us the privilege of caring for residents who are facing a life-limiting illness, just as we are to these special residents and their families.
Karen Bowman, Long term care program manager, HPH Hospice