HOA To Ban Kids From Playing Outside?

Edgewater Association To Vote On Proposal April 27


Article Courtesy of Channel Local 6

By Mike Holfeld

Published April 2, 2011

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A Central Florida homeowners association is preparing to vote on banning children from playing outside.


The revamped rules and regulations are being considered by the HOA at the Persimmon Place subdivision on North Ridgewood Avenue in Edgewater. The neighborhood consists of 48 townhomes surrounded by a parking lot and little room for children to play. 


"I think it's ridiculous. I think the kids should be allowed to play," a resident said.

"I think people forgot what it was like to be a kid and want to go outside and play," said resident Shawna Magee, who is fighting the proposal.

Children playing in the Persimmon Place subdivision.


The HOA board said the proposed rule, which will carry a $100 fine for every violation, is all about safety.


"They came in and rented (a home) in a community that does not have a playground and is not conducive to children. Then they expect the children to play in the driveways and parking lot. You wouldn't see them playing the parking lot at Walmart or Kmart, but they come here and turn the children loose," said HOA board member Kim Scott.


Scott said she recently spotted a girl playing on top of power meters while unsupervised.


"I ran quickly to the mother, and said, 'Ma'am, please get your child before she gets hurt.' Her response was, 'I don't have to. My child can do what she wants,'" Scott said.


The proposal states that "minor children will be under the direct control of a responsible adult at all times," and it would also ban the game of tag, skateboarding, Big Wheels, loud or obnoxious toys on "common property."

"You think there is an agenda behind this?" Local 6 reporter Mike Holfeld asked Magee.


"Absolutely. They've been trying to restrict the kids from doing different things for as long as I've been here, but we have always had our voices heard. It just wasn't that way this time," she said.


For now, the children can play outside without restriction, but the HOA board will meet with an attorney on Thursday, and the final rules and bylaws will be given to every resident before the April 27 vote.