Tropicana Co-Op bullies strike again, resisting plans for a freakin’ yard sale.

 

 

 

Clarice Campbell sent out an email today, and here it is:  put on your big boy pants and read it:

To All Residents
Currently there is a Facebook event being launched to have a community garage/yard sale.
 Please note:  Page 4 of the Tropicana Rules for Community Living states- For safety and security reasons, carport sales are not permitted.  Community “Trash and Treasure” sales are conducted for the convenience of the community.  I understand the desire to have a new community event, but this must be approved prior to having the event.  Please submit the request to my office in time for the January 28th board meeting
Kind Regards, 
Clarice Campbell, CAM

Tropicana Co-op, Inc.
16711 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL  33908
239-243-0822

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor. Tropicanaforum.com

Once again the Co-Op management oversteps, this time by their arbitrary application of park rules.  Why in the world would it be a violation to have a yard sale if it will be contained within the park ?

“Safety and security” she says. What nonsense!   Does she think we are a bunch of school kids?

Not only is the yard sale rule unnecessary, but there are more serious rules here which are not evenly enforced–?dogs, illegal parking.

That’s called “double standards.” You wonder if the victim of this yard sale enforcement is being singled out.

There are residents who used to regularly sell produce from their carport, and when they did that, all sorts of people, pets, carts, bikes and cars showed up. Why was that allowed?

A yard sale is small potatoes, so to speak, compared to the Tropicana farmers’ market.

And people here often sell items from the front of their homes.  Isn’t that a sort of a yard sale?     Maybe the rule book needs to be reviewed in order to weed out excessive rules and unnecessary rules.

Let people live their lives with  a minimum of oversight by big brother and big sister.

Finally,  adding insult to injury, the yard sailor is told to bring a note to the teacher because it is a “new community event” requiring the principal to consider giving you a special dispensation.

So if I want to have a small group event, for example to practice barbershop singing in my carport, do I have to get permission?   And if I want to organize a hair-cutting festival for a small group, do we need permission.  etc.

A lawyer I know says that small local groups like home owners associations and Co-Op boards often take themselves too seriously, fail to treat people “under” them with compassion, and have too many small minded rules which are used to harass we the people.

 

LARRY WILLIAMS.  From the movie Pleasantville.   “Lawdy Miss Clawdy