Deputies investigate explosion of HOA president's mailbox 

Article and Video Courtesy of Channel 10 News

By Christopher Collette

Published October 5, 2011

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Seminole, Florida -- The president of a neighborhood home owner's association got a startling response to a letter sent out to residents.


Earlier in the week, Gerard Esposito sent out a letter to all homeowners in the Windtree Oaks neighborhood that many mailboxes were non-compliant with deed restrictions. The letter said "appropriate action" would be taken against residents who did not install a brick mailbox as required.


Apparently at least one resident took exception to the strongly-worded letter and, on Friday afternoon, Esposito's brick mailbox was blown up.

"It was just a loud bomb... bang," said a perplexed Esposito, who had no idea what the motive might have been.


Neighborhood residents say the HOA has always been lenient on enforcement, leaving many to wonder why someone would go to this extreme to make a point.

No one was injured in the explosion, and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case. Right now, deputies do not have a suspect.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at 727-582-6200, or to remain anonymous and collect.