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Old 02-04-2018, 09:58 AM
 
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Too bad they live in a country where people don't have the freedom to paint their homes the way they like.
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Old 02-04-2018, 09:59 AM
 
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I could see how an HOA would have a say, but the city should mind it's own business.
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:38 AM
 
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It was skillfully done - I can see an issue if they’re in an HOA with specific exterior requirements though. But if it’s just a standalone plot I hope they beat the tar out of the city in court.
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:53 AM
 
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Don't we all hate stories where the subject of the story is a visual, and they don't include a picture? It's never been easier to include a picture with a story!

I want to see this house!

On edit.... posted picture in post below.

None of the stories say exactly who is issuing the fine.
The town of Mount Dora is issuing the fine. I would think that the owners of the house would have checked with the local town clowns before making such drastic changes to a home.
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:59 AM
 
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Ah - found it!



Holy s*** !!!!!!! That is one ugly house. They should be jailed instead of fined.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:01 AM
 
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Too bad they live in a country where people don't have the freedom to paint their homes the way they like.



I bet if they lived next door to you that you would be singing a different tune. God, that is hideous !!
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:02 AM
 
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I bet all of City-Data's HOA haters were already frothing at the mouth at the title of the thread, and already beginning to salivate at the thought of being able to write yet another of their patented HOA-bashing posts that call board members Nazis and other small-minded insults, while going on and on about how they would never live in a house in a homeowners association, until they actually read the story and found that no HOA is involved, lol.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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On September 29, 2017 a hearing was conducted before the Mount Dora Code Enforcement Magistrate who ruled that the painting was a prohibited "sign."


You can read the decision at:


http://fl-mountdora.civicplus.com/Do...nter/View/6398


As of January 26, 2018 the homeowner has obtained free legal representation by the Pacific Legal Foundation to challenge the magistrate's decision under constitutional grounds.


The Pacific Legal Foundation is "a national non-profit with a record of winning constitutional cases brought before the Supreme Court and the fortitude to see the case through the legal system."


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I'm hoping that Mount Dora gets a very expensive lesson in the consequences of totalitarian bureaucracy.


Whatever our esthetic opinions are of the painting (I like it) we should all be supporting the homeowner's right to paint their home without pervasive government interference.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:30 AM
 
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Most cities do have ordinances against this type of thing, that's why most HOA's aren't needed. Shouldn't they have checked with the city?
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:31 AM
 
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There's more to the story:
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Mount Dora Code Enforcement inspectors declared the mural graffiti last year but officials later rescinded that ruling and instead dubbed it an illegal sign.
Link: Starry Nightmare: Mount Dora hits homeowners with new fines for mural - News - Daytona Beach News-Journal Online - Daytona Beach, FL

This should make for a great lawsuit.
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