To the Editor:
I read the articles about so-called “trolls” turning in homeowners for having lawn ornaments on their lawns.
I laugh when I think of what the people at Community Standards at Sumter Landing told me last year. I wanted to plant a couple of trees and only have a small front lawn. I drew a map of my front and turned it into the the Standards Department. They looked at my drawing of where the trees would be and said, “That will not be approved.” I asked, “Why?” The response from the lady at the desk was this: “The County (Sumter) has an easement 13 feet from the street so that is really not your property.” I asked, “Why was I not told this at closing?” No answer. I said, “There are trees, pavers, flower gardens all over my community that are closer than 13 feet from the street.” A person in the back of the office said to me, “We know that 95 percent of the homes in The Villages are not in compliance, but we only act on complaints.” In other words, she was telling me that you can do what you want with your trees and nothing will happen unless someone complains.
Since then I have noted pavers, trees, flower gardens, paver walls four feet high all up and down our neighborhood, much closer than 13 feet from the street. My point is that the Community Standards Department should really be called “Complaint Department” in The Villages. It is set up only for complaints. Get used to it!
Village of LaBelle North