Village trolls

To the Editor:

The Villages is no longer the place we fell in love with 10 years ago. Now we have “trolls.”
We honestly have a community of people who have too much time on their hands, and they feel the need to make life as unpleasant for their neighbors as possible, in order to make themselves feel important. They are kidding themselves. They have the egos of children, nothing better to do. I think the anonymous complaint should be a thing of the past. If you feel that strongly about non compliance, then be willing to put your name to it.

Jill Allman
Village of Country Club Hills


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  1. Tammy Marie says

    I just counted over 600 clubs listed in The Villages Recreation and Parks from Thursday, July 13, 2017. Interestingly enough, trolling was not one of them.

    Oh yeah, silly me, it’s an anonymous club.

    • Brenda White says

      It’s anonymous because they don’t want people to know the stupid things they are complaining about. They are really getting ridiculous with all the complaining. Get a grip people. If it looks nice in their yard, leave them alone. Get a hobby other then being a tattletale.

    • LiZa Adkison says

      Claudette, some of these start in the “Letters To The Editor” column, on the left side, above the obits… then v-n moves them to the central body, perhaps where they get more attention… it was like Barry’s opinion piece on the non political talk… nobody read or commented for 3 days>>>then v-n moved it to the central body, with a pic of our MAGNIFICENT PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP, and the reading and VARIOUS posters took off to the races

    • LiZa Adkison says

      Sharon, if i had such good taste and that much money, i wouldn’t care who knew it…

      and, it’s not like they robbed a bank or left a woman dying in the street and tried to hide her in the bushes

  2. Robert Basye says

    My view of this anonymous reporting of violations is the caller or reporter should be known only to the Board, thus eliminating the trolls and to track the calls if caller refused to identify themselves then the complaint would be ignored. personally when I complain and I have about weeds and unsightly landscape conditions I give my name and address. Neighborhood relations are best maintained from the outside enforcement notifications

  3. Bill Williams says

    Without deed restrictions and enforcement some folks would have rusted cars in the front yard and trash stacked around it. Sadly, that’s a fact of life.

  4. Will Wilkerson says

    Regarding motive for some reports, I agree that there may be many complaints based on retaliation. But the outcome is vigorous enforcement of the deed restrictions, which is a good thing in the long run. So, whatever the reason, reporting infractions maintains our legal authority to enforce deed restrictions and maintains neighborhoods meeting high standards of curb appeal. I have witnessed subdivisions that ignored deed restrictions for extended periods to the detriment of the whole subdivision.

    • Chip Griffen says

      It however, as it is currently done, creates tension in the area – and makes a suspect of neighbors. Not a good situation.

      And, want to see what happens with no rules? Marion Oaks is not far away 🙂

  5. Ray Gagnon says

    My feeling on this is that: 1. I agree, there are too many people with too much time on their hands that seem to want to use that time to add consternation to the lives of others. I can go 2 miles from home in virtually any direction and find at least a half dozen, maybe dozen “technical” violations of the deed restrictions. In my judgement, I don’t care, they are all tasteful and unobtrusive. Personally, I see no reason to make issue or complain about it. Technically, these folks are violating their legal agreement to live by the imposed restrictions and if someone complains, they do have an obligation to bring the property into compliance. I see a double edge sword here: I don’t understand where there are some he can’t mind their own business and have noting better to do than to find ways to cause trouble for others. But on the other-hand, we did all signup to the restrictions, why don’t we just abide by them?

    Is it all that different from obeying speed limits and stop signs? Oh wait, maybe I shouldn’t go there.

  6. Janice Strahan says

    I moved here 11 years ago and I agree, it is not the same. There’s so much negativity. I hate to say it but The Villages News promotes a lot of it. In our home towns, we read the daily newspaper and we are not aware of every little thing our neighbors are doing. If you make a mistake not everyone knows it. Your name and location is not published for every infraction. There is very little positive information.. I’ve decided that I will not read this every day, I don’ t want to feel negative about the Villages and the people who live here.

  7. Bob Miller says

    I don’t know if Jill is correct, but I agree (kinda), as long as The Villages Watch employers are tasked with reporting violations! After all, we are already paying them to patrol. Otherwise, continue the policy as is…I do not want to live in a neighborhood where anything goes….

    • LiZa Adkison says

      Bob M., that is a good thought, but it would be difficult for them to safely operate the vehicle and look for violations>>> especially as they SPEED through the 20 mph streets and ROLL through the S T O P signs… i do wish they would report all of the street lights that are out… for MOST of us, (not the boozers at City Fire at 1:00 A.M.), we are inside and settled in before they come on… you would not believe how many are NOT burning and STAY not burning for months… i used to go to Tampa every morning, would leave at 4:30, and oodles of lights out for extended periods… no way i was going to get out at that time of day, but one would think the Watch Patrol(?) guys could

  8. Chip Griffen says

    You are correct Jill. See, basic human psychology tells us to “kill the enemy” or at a minimum disable them. Plus, always protect the home.

    So, what is happening is a person gets an “Anonymous” complaint and has to remove/change something…so, if THEY cant…YOU cant…and, the never ending cycle starts.

    I do not think it is a time thing as much as a revenge thing. And, it is only going to get worse. Humanity proves it.

    • LiZa Adkison says

      no Chip, not with REASONABLE people… i got “the knock” about my little white cross and NEVER considered retaliating… tons of my neighbors have them, the closest is 2 doors down… i would not consider that because i am sure it was one of the bozos on this board, that for some unknown reason, doesn’t like me… can you imagine???

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