A column in a recent edition of the Sarasota Herald Tribune highlighted the problems that all too often arise in communities when boards and managers fail to enforce a community rule on a consistent basis. When a particular rule is enforced only against some of the residents in the community (with no legitimate reason for the rule’s "selective enforcement"), it becomes difficult, if not impossible for that particular rule to withstand a legal challenge from a resident that feels he or she is being singled out for this "selective enforcement".
I discussed this problem in my "mini board orientation" at our ROC seminars last week at Japanese Gardens in Venice and this week at Harbor Oaks in Fruitland Park. Thanks to both of these communities for being gracious hosts and to all of the attendees. I’ll be presenting the same "mini board orientation" March 23 at Golf Lakes in Bradenton and on April 1 at Enchanting Shores in Naples. Please contact either Karen Midlam (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kathy Sawdo (email@example.com) if you haven’t already rsvp’d and would like to attend one of those seminars. These seminars begin at 10 a.m. and end by 12:30. There’s no charge to attend and refreshments are served.
I also wanted to note that last week a 96 year old man in Venice was attacked by a rabid otter while taking his early morning walk. Fortunately, the man was rescued by several onlookers but suffered some fairly serious cuts and bites and both he and one of his rescuers will require a series of rabies shots. Every community seems to have at least one resident that takes great pleasure in feeding the raccoons, birds, alligators, etc. that share Florida with us. These residents need to be gently but firmly reminded that the "wild" in "wildlife" means just that, and that if the community has rules against feeding these wild animals those rules will be enforced--in a consistent manner against all residents in the community.