As you are aware, homeowners in this community are subject to the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions of the Towns at Lakeside Subdivision. The Association also adopts rules and regulations regarding the exterior appearance of the homes in the community. It has come to the Board’s attention that in the past, there were conflicting documents addressing the ability of owners to install screen doors in the community, resulting in approvals of screen doors that did not comply with the official and recorded restrictions.
The Board has confirmed that the following language regarding screen doors in the community is the official and recorded restriction: Article IV, Section 28 of the Declaration states:
The front door of each residence constructed on a Lot shall be maintained in an attractive manner. No screen doors shall be permitted.
The Board has met with the Association’s attorney regarding this issue. Despite the fact that certain screen doors may have been approved in the past, Florida law allows the Board to enforce this restriction on screen doors in the future. Only the screen doors that have been approved in the past for the following homes will be permitted to remain in place until they are removed: 1070 Jonah Drive; 1092 Jonah Drive; 1191 Jonah Drive; and 1269 Jonah Drive. They will not be able to be replaced for any reason. Please disregard any provision in the Association’s Architectural Guidelines that discuss the ability to install a screen door in the community.
The purpose of this letter is to formally inform all owners and put them on notice that the Board of Directors and its management company are committed to full and uniform enforcement of the Association’s restrictions, rules, regulations, and owner maintenance obligations from the date of this letter forward. No new screen doors of any type will be permitted. The only way for screen doors to be permitted in the future is for the Association to conduct a formal vote and get membership approval to amend its Declaration to remove the current prohibition on screen doors.
If you have any questions about any rules, regulations, standards, restrictions, or any procedures necessary for obtaining advance approval for changes to the exterior of the home, please contact the management company or a member of the Board for assistance. The Board thanks you in advance for your continued cooperation.
Board of Directors
Date: April 1, 2019
The Board of Directors has been looking into the issues that we have been having with parking in the community. As you know, there are limited parking spaces in the community, and we depend on owners, tenants, and guests to comply with the declaration and any parking rules that are adopted by the Board. Article IV, Section 37 of the Declaration requires owners to use their garage for storing or parking their cars. It states that “all garages must be capable, at all times, of containing the number of motor vehicles for which it was designed and motor vehicles shall be parked in the garages, except when in use by the Owner.”
This means that you cannot use your garage for storage of other items if the storage of other items prevents you from parking a car inside the garage. If you have two vehicles, one vehicle must be parked in the garage, and the other vehicle must be parked in the driveway of your home. Some of the homes in the community have driveways that can accommodate more than one vehicle, so if you own one of these homes and have more than two vehicles, you are able to park any additional vehicles in your driveway as well, instead of using the guest parking spaces or the overflow parking lot near the entrance.
The Association is asking all owners, tenants, and guests to comply with the parking restrictions and the parking rules and regulations so that we can eliminate parking issues, especially during the season when the community is full. Owners that rent their units are responsible for making sure their tenants comply with these restrictions. If you are an owner that rents, you must make sure that your tenants are not using the garage for storage or for purposes other than parking a car. The Board and its management company will be sending out letters to any owner and tenant that is in violation of the parking requirements and the garage restriction, and providing any owner or tenant in violation with an opportunity to come into compliance and avoid legal action. In addition, the Association has the authority to tow any vehicle that is parked on property owned by the Association if it is in violation of the restrictions, rules, and regulations.
The Board hopes that all owners, tenants, and guests will comply so that we can avoid having to tow anyone’s car, and to avoid the time-consuming and expensive legal action that could be required if the restrictions are violated. Our legal counsel has informed us that if legal action is required to get an owner or tenant to comply with the restrictions, the owner will be responsible for reimbursing the Association for its attorney’s fees and costs.
Let’s all work together to solve the parking issues in the community and avoid the expense of legal action. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.