The Complaint System

To the Editor:

A recent letter from a resident of the Village of Hillsborough suggests that if everyone followed the rules, there would be no issue about the “anonymous” complaint system that now prevails. But, since we do not live in a perfect world, even here in The Villages, there will often be some disputes that arise, such as the proliferation of the white crosses in front yards throughout The Villages. I think that the writer has lost sight of the fact that the enforcement of deed restrictions is in the hands of a quasi-public body that acts as prosecutor, judge and jury in these situations and their decisions can result in both monetary and other penalties that impact the homeowner. Under these circumstances, I would suggest that the “charged” party has an absolute right, under the supreme law of our nation as embodied in the U.S. Constitution, to have the opportunity to face his accuser; and I would further suggest that that constitutionally protected right supersedes any deed restriction or limitation. Although I seldom delved into criminal law during my nearly 40 years as a lawyer, I do know some of the rudiments; and this is one of them.

Daniel Andrews
Village of Winifred


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  1. Larry Hartman says

    I don’t remember signing anything regarding playing 16 hours of loud RAP music, yapping dogs, loud booze parties. Car “burn outs” at 3 AM. You nebsh*ts better start thinking about the alternatives of a 10″ cross in someones yard.

  2. Jeff Summerfield says

    Not to sure how breaking a local deed restriction is a criminal offence as you state. But your the lawyer?
    Therefore, I would suggest Mr Andrews, that you put a cross in your front garden, then when approached to remove it, and using your own dollar, take TV all the way to the highest court in the land, and fight this perceived infringement of your rights.
    You can’t lose?

  3. john richardson says

    Sorry danno. You are wrong on this. While you succeeded in FINALLY being able to tell everyone that you are a lawyer, you also cleared up any confusion as to your abilities.

  4. Kathy Malek Palermo says

    The deed restrictions complaint system has nothing to do with the constitution or the law, it has to do with the deed restrictions you signed, and agreed to follow, when you purchased your property
    in the Villages.
    If you are notified that you are in violation, by The Villages, then you are in the wrong and must comply.
    What difference does it make who made the complaint, it would not make any difference you would still have to comply. This is not a criminal case, it’s just a violation of the rules that we all are required to follow when we bought here. Just my opinion.

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