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25 First Coast News
By Ken Amaro
August 28, 2015
When you move into a deed-restricted community, you
must comply with the homeowners association's rules. But sometimes those
rules seem a little cartoonish.
In 2010, Rachael Dennis, a huge Disney fan, moved into the Timber Creek
|"[Disney] is all over my house,'
she said. "Someday I'll work there."
It's all over her home and now in her landscape.
"It is just something we like, it is happy," said
But happy is not the word she uses to describe her
relationship with her HOA. She says she's living under
"It kind of stinks, you come home and you feel
like you're walking on glass," she said.
Since living in Timber Creek, she has been cited for weeds, a broken
mailbox and the location of her garbage cans -- and now even Mickey
|The violations have been corrected
and citations dismissed, except for Mickey.
"I don't know why they have something wrong with what I put
in my yard,' said Dennis.
Property manager of her HOA is Katherine Morrison.
"Her house was not built with Mickey Mouse in the yard and
that is a change," said Morrison.
Morrison said all changes must be approved by the
Architectural Review Board. She said Dennis did not apply for a change
before putting Mickey in the yard and when she did apply, after the
fact, it was denied.
"It was denied because It does not keep with the character of the
neighborhood," said Morrison.
The HOA has given Dennis an option; she can remove it or modify it.
"I can have circles," said Dennis, "but I have to remove the ears."
Dennis plans to appeal, but in the end said she will remove the ears to
keep the peace.
"I don't want to lose my house," said Dennis.