There’s a solution to the trolls

To the Editor:

There has been one hell of a lot of comments going back and forth with regards to trolls and I would like to add my two-cents worth, please.
You have to understand that the frustration and the consternation that we have regarding the trolls is not about the stinking covenants, that we all agreed to when we bought our new home in The Villages, it is about how the covenants are enforced.
When I moved to The Villages, I attended the Residents’ Academy and learned from the Neighborhood Watch, that any violations to the deed restrictions would be dealt with by that group.
That is the way it should be handled … by an authority that has been charged with the maintenance of the covenants.
However, for whatever reason, the Neighborhood Watch has abdicated this responsibility and has become “reactive” where before they had been “proactive.”
Their becoming “reactive” has led to vigilantes monitoring the violations. A group of troll/vigilantes that has taken it upon themselves as a self-appointed gestapo. And, yes, their vigilance is comparable to the gestapo with neighbors spying on neighbors, relatives reporting on relatives. It is akin to Nazism. Yes, that what I said Nazism.
Now, I just heard the “goody goodies” preaching that you signed a deed restriction and you should comply with it. First of all, goody goody, I would bet that very few of us studiously read those restrictions. Common sense dictates that we maintain our neighborhood and our own property in a manner that maintains the attractiveness and property values that cause us to move here in the first place. And, by the by…..you’re gonna really love this….“Rules are made to see that the end results are efficaciously achieved by individual who are unable and incapable of achieving the desired results through their own intelligence.”
But, again that ain’t the stinking problem. The problem lies with the gestapo vigilantes who have nothing better to do that ride around, spying on their neighbors and taking it upon themselves to come The Villages’ deed restriction police force.
You want the deed restrictions policed and maintained? Return the authority to monitor and police them back to the Neighborhood Watch.

Gene Murray
Village of Pennecamp

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