Neighbor removes decorative turtle rather than fight The Villages

To the Editor:

I agree with most others that the “Trolls” are out of control.  In the six years that we have have owned a home in The Villages, my wife and I have yet to see any items in yards that are offensive or a detraction from the overall appearance of any home.
We do object to the appearance of “the little white crosses” as they are, in our opinion, not appropriate.  They could certainly be located indoors if they are important to the homeowners. Even though we don’t agree that they are appropriate, we would never think of turning someone in for its display. However, their display could lead to people of other religious beliefs displaying religious symbols that more people might find offensive, depending upon their disagreement with the concepts of the subject faith. Islamic religious symbols come to mind, but may not be the only ones.
A friend of mine had a troll report a small decorative turtle that was on the entry walk near the front door of the house, barely visible from the street.  Rather than fight the issue, they just removed it. The turtle was not more than 8 inches high. If the intent is to ban all non-living items from a home’s front yard, then that should be a rule that is enforced by The Villages own personnel doing the inspections without input from non-employees (currently being called “trolls”).  Because I do not agree with that rule and happen to feel that sculptures, wind chimes and other wind operated sculptures, fountains, etc. are an enhancement to any property.

Stuart Jacobson
Village of Lake Deaton

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