Homeowners Association of La Casa, Inc.
Rules and Regulations
It is the specific Policy of the Corporation to operate and maintain the Community for the use and benefit of and to meet the social needs of persons 55 years of age or older. Our residents were attracted to our Park because of its appearance and environment. This good way of life did not just happen. Each and every resident, together with management, must work constantly to keep it this way. A set of Rules and Regulations is necessary so that everyone can keep his home and the Park in the best possible condition. This enables the Park to ensure high real estate values and maintain a safe environment in which to live. These newly revised Rules and Regulations shall take effect on ______ for Shareholders and ______ for Non-shareholders and shall replace all previous Rules and Regulations. They shall remain in full force and effect until such time as they are revised or amended, in whole or in part, by action of the HOA Board, to reflect changes to enhance the living conditions and quality of life for all residents of La Casa.
- “Corporation” as used herein refers to the Homeowners Association of La Casa, Inc.
- “Park” shall mean the manufactured home community owned by the Homeowners Association of La Casa, Inc.
- “Unit” shall mean a part of the cooperative property, which is subject to exclusive use and possession. A unit may be improvements, land or land and improvements together, as specified in the cooperative documents.
- “Unit Owner” or “owners of the unit” shall mean the person(s) holding a share in the cooperative association and a lease or other muniment to of title or possession of a unit that is granted by the association as the owner of the cooperative property.
- “Lot” shall mean the parcel of land on which a home/unit may be placed .
- “Boundaries” are determined according to the applicable provisions of the Master Form Proprietary Lease for the Corporation recorded at Official Records Book 2698 pages 1503-1530 of the Public Records of Sarasota County, Florida.
- “Tight lot” shall mean a lot in the older sections that may not meet current required footage on the sides, rear or front of the lot.
- “Board” shall mean the elected directors of the Homeowners Association of La Casa, Inc.
- “Shareholder” shall mean holder of a Membership Certificate in the Corporation.
- “Non-shareholder” shall mean the owner(s) of a manufactured home who rents or leases a lot within La Casa for residential use.
- “Common areas” shall mean the portions of the cooperative property not included in the units.
III. GENERAL INFORMATION
- La Casa general office hours are 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Lunch hour appointments are available. The office is closed on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. In case of emergency, call the guard on duty. Check the La Casa directory for phone numbers.
- Residents must notify the guard in advance of visitors, contractors, deliveries, etc. by supplying the name and when expected. No outside deliveries, including building materials, etc., will be admitted to the Park before 8:00 AM or after 10:00 PM.
- All rents, maintenance fees and co-op mortgage fees are due and payable in advance on the first day of each month. All checks payable to the Corporation may be placed in the check box at the office.
- The speed limit in the Park for all vehicles is 15 MPH. Pedestrians and cyclists have the right of way, which does not preclude their observing the rules of the road.
- No peddling, solicitation or commercial enterprise is allowed in the Park except as approved by the Board of Directors. Any resident may canvass other residents as provided for in the Florida Statutes.
- Items, except for personal vehicles, can only be advertised for sale on the Clubhouse Bulletin Board. No garage, yard or similar type sales are permitted in the Park.
- All utilities are paid individually by the homeowner: electric to local provider, telephone to local provider, and water/sewer to local provider. Basic cable may be available on a group rate, paid annually to La Casa and provided by a local provider. Charges for premium channels and additional cable services are billed by the local provider directly to the homeowner. The Corporation shall be responsible for maintaining and replacing electrical pedestals. Homeowners are responsible for water, sewer and electrical service from the home to the meters or main line.
- All mail will be delivered to your home by the U.S. Postal Service upon the installation of a mail box prescribed by the U.S. Postal Service Standard Rural Mailbox requirements and La Casa standards. The Park will repair or replace damaged or rusted mailboxes and posts. All mailboxes and posts must be black. Cleaning and painting are the responsibility of the homeowner.
- The Park will keep front post lights in working order at no cost to the homeowner, with the exception of electrical work. The Park will replace damaged light posts.
- For your convenience and energy conservation, free clothes drying areas are provided at both the Clubhouse and Recreation Hall. For individual clothesline requests, please see the Park Management for guidelines and approval.
- La Casa is a resident-owned community. Accordingly, no Homeowner shall own and/or have an ownership interest in more than three (3) homes in the Park at any one time. For the purposes of this rule, “Homeowner” is defined to include the owner(s) of the manufactures home and/or a Membership Certificate in the Corporation, the spouse, children and/or parents of any such owner(s), and any trust, corporation, limited liability company and/or similar entity or entities in which a Homeowner (as defined in this rule) holds a beneficial and/or material interest.
- Residents of La Casa cannot be employed by the management of the Park.
- Burning and dumping of trash, garbage and trimmings is not permitted anywhere in the Park, including lakes and canals. Garbage pickup is provided on solid waste schedules approved by the Sarasota County Board of Commissioners. Local papers and the Park’s closed circuit TV channel should be consulted for any schedule changes. Household garbage shall not be put at curbside prior to the morning pickup unless the garbage is in a securely covered container. Contents of the red and blue recycle bins are the property of the residents until picked up. No one should remove items from bins without permission of the resident owner.
- Overloading dumpsters or placing any debris on the ground around them is prohibited.
- Yard trash and such items as dead palm fronds and small tree limbs will be picked up free once each week. Yard waste shall be placed at the street the evening before pickup and must comply with the following County rules: Yard waste must be placed in garbage cans or bags; garbage cans may not be larger than 32 gallons and are not to be filled above the top of the can; yard trimmings that cannot be placed in cans or bags must be securely tied and bundles must not be longer than four feet or more than 16 inches in diameter; cans, bags or bundles must not weigh more than forty (40) pounds.
- Alterations or plantings of any kind to the common property shall not be allowed without prior written permission from Management. Requests for such alterations shall be submitted in writing to Management.
- Legitimate complaints concerning infractions of the rules and regulations shall be reported to Park Management in writing and signed by the complainant. Forms are available in the office.
- Any resident performing work or providing services for another resident, occupant or guest in the community is doing so as an individual and NOT as a representative of the Association, regardless of whether the resident performing work or providing services is an officer of the Association or a member of the Association’s Board of Directors and/or any committee of the Association. Any resident performing work or providing services for another resident, occupant or guest and any resident, occupant or guest who has work performed or services provided by another resident hereby indemnifies and holds the Association harmless for any and all claims, injuries, damages, expenses, and/or losses arising in whole or in part from the performance of said work or the providing of said services.
- It is the specific policy and intent of the Corporation that the Park be designed, operated and maintained for the use and benefit and to meet the social needs of persons 55 years of age and older. Therefore, at least one person residing in a unit must be 55 years of age or older and any other person occupying that unit must be 45 years of age or older. No person under the age of 55 years shall permanently reside in the Park if that person’s occupancy would result in the census of the Park resulting in less than 80% of units in the community being occupied by at least one person 55 years of age or older. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any person permanently residing in La Casa on the date of the adoption of these Rules shall be entitled to remain a resident even though under the age minimum providing they complete an APPLICATION OF RESIDENCY form that can be obtained from the Park office. Once permanent residency has been established by a co-occupant over age 45, they shall be permitted to maintain their residency should the older occupant cease to be a resident due to death, divorce, or other cause acceptable to the Board of Directors of the Corporation. However, if as a result of such continued residency, the units within the Park occupied by at least one fifty (55) years or older would fall below eighty percent (80%) then the Board of Directors must require such co-occupant to vacate the unit.
- No more than four persons may permanently occupy a residence.
- Persons wishing to purchase or sub-lease a home in the Park must have a personal meeting with a management representative before a rental agreement or membership agreement is issued and occupancy approved. No person shall be allowed to occupy or reside in a unit in the Park until the proper form is signed and background and credit check and a check covering processing fees for such, has been completed and approved. A requirement for each applicant is a photo identification or birth certificate that sets forth the applicant’s date of birth. Forms available from the office should shall be completed and returned at least 10 days prior to closing.
- Any person who has been a caregiver for a homeowner and is at least 45 years old and been a caregiver living in the home for a period of at least six months may be considered by the Board to become a resident of La Casa after the death of the homeowner subject to the conditions set forth in paragraph 1 of this Section IV. All caregivers living in La Casa must be registered with the office and be approved for residency with the appropriate APPLICATION FOR RESIDENCY.
- The Corporation shall not be responsible for loss or damage caused by accident, fire, theft or act of God to any home or personal property within the Park boundaries.
- The Corporation shall not be liable for accident or injury to any person through the use of recreational facilities. Residents and their guests avail themselves of these facilities at their own risk and assume liability for any physical damage or personal injury caused by such use.
- Residents shall be responsible for damages to the Park or it facilities caused by them, their renters or their guests.
- Each home and additions thereto must be adequately insured by the owner for public liability and property damage.
- The Corporation is not responsible for damage to or theft of any items in the boat/RV compound.
VI. GENERAL RULES
- Be considerate of your neighbors by moderating the volume used when playing your radio, TV, musical instrument or holding conversations with others, particularly between the hours of 10:00PM and 8:00 AM.
- It is recommended that all contractors hired by homeowners be licensed by the State of Florida and carry the insurance required by applicable state or local law. Contractor signs are not permitted on a lot, home or unit unless required by law.
- The work area and roadways must be kept clean and free of debris. Work vehicles parked in the roadways, or protruding onto the roadway, must have safety cones in the front and in the back of the vehicle(s) to alert our residents of hazard.
VII. THE MANUFACTURED HOME
- The homeowner is responsible for maintaining the exterior of the home including roofs, and the home must be kept in good repair. For seasonal residents, caretaker names must be provided to the front office for emergency purposes.
- Additions or extensions may not exceed the squared off footprint of the existing home and driveway dimensions without permission of the Board. The Park Manager has the authority to approve the widening of driveways up to twenty (20) feet and any such widening must adhere to the set back requirements.
- All homes must be a minimum width of 24 feet and maintain a distance of not less than seven feet from the Boundary of the lot.
- Fences are not permitted outside of the footprint squared of the home If one has questions in regard to this rule, contact the Park Manager.
- Any repainting or residing requiring a color change or redecoration of the outside surface must be approved in writing in advance by Management.
- Energy-saving devices are permitted with prior written approval from Management and compliance with state, county and local codes.
- Water softeners, water conditioning/treatment systems, and large propane tanks installed outside the home must be placed out of view and approved in writing by Park Management.
- Privacy panels are allowed along the carport with prior written Management approval. Lattice work, screen, Florida glass, vinyl, wood, or trellises are acceptable.
- Decks, porches and patios require county permits and prior written Management approval. Solid surface patios shall not be placed over any underground utility line.
- All manufactured homes set up in La Casa shall conform to all state and local codes. Certain additions to the unit are permitted upon written request and prior written approval by the Board and shall meet all state and local codes including obtaining construction permits where required.
- A replacement home must be approved in writing by the Board of Directors before purchase and placement on the lot. Forms are available at the La Casa office.
- Any new or replacement home shall only be one story high.
- All replacement homes and their extensions in La Casa must have a minimum of a seven foot clearance on the sides and rear of the home to the Boundary including the driveway, to maintain the openness of the Park. Set back from the road must be in line with other houses on the street.
- No manufactured home shall be removed without prior written approval of the Board. Thirty (30) days prior to owners removing their manufactured homes, owners must furnish Management with true copies of the contracts for removal of all above ground improvements (the “Removal Contract”). This Removal Contract shall include, but not be limited to, the removal of the manufactured home, foundation, carport, storage shed(s), all attachments, skirting, slab unless in good condition, and steps (the “Improvements”). Owners shall have fourteen (14) days (or extensions with management’s approval) from the date of the start of the removal of the improvement to complete the removal and grade the affected areas of the unit. When the home is removed, the land must be prepared to receive a new home.
- A homeowner shall be allowed to replace a home on a “tight lot” as long as the width of the new home does not exceed that of the one it replaces. Any exceptions must be approved in writing by the Board of Directors prior to such replacement.
- Each home must have a concrete drive no wider that 20 feet, a covered carport with a solid floor, and decorative block or skirting and a utility room. No freestanding sheds, buildings or garages are permitted.
- An attached car garage is permitted provided it is within the footprint of the home.
- When a new or replacement home is placed on a lot, down spouts must be connected to drain the water away from all homes.
VIII. SELLING, RENTING OR SUB-LETTING
- Shareholders may sell or sublet their unit in conformity with the requirements of the By-laws of the Corporation and the Master Proprietary Lease. Homeowners who are Non-shareholders may sell or rent their home in the Park in conformity with the requirements of the Rental Agreement, the Rental Prospectus and Florida law. The purchaser of a non-shareholder home has the option of purchasing a share or signing a rental agreement.
- The homeowner is responsible for acquainting his or her renters with the Rules and Regulations of the park and is responsible for the conduct of the renter.
- Homeowners may only advertise their home for rent on the appropriate bulletin board located in the Clubhouse. “FOR RENT” signs are not allowed on property. “FOR SALE” signs for homes shall be limited to one sign per lot not to exceed 16 inches by 24 inches in size to be placed in the planter only. Persons subletting from a homeowner (including seasonal) must register with the office prior to occupancy. All such renters are subject to the By-laws and Rules and Regulations including age restrictions.
- When a homeowner rents his home to another party, the homeowner assigns to the Renter the right to the use of the Park facilities during the period the home is rented and suspends his own right to the use of the Park facilities during that period.
- Residents renting their home must obtain from the office an Application for Residency. This form must be filled out by the resident and renter and submitted to the office 15 days prior to occupancy by renter. No person shall be allowed to reside in the Park until an Application for Residency, complete with background and credit check and proper identification, has been completed including fees pertaining thereto and that person’s occupancy has been approved in writing by management (and, where applicable, allowed by the rental prospectus and/or Chapter 723 of the Florida statutes).
- It is permissible for homeowners to allow friends and relatives, as guests, to use their home when they are not present. Guests must register at the office before upon arriving. The homeowner must advise the office in writing in advance of his or her permission so visitors can be admitted and treated as guests.
- Guests, including their children, are permitted to stay no more than 30 days in any calendar year.
- The homeowner is responsible for acquainting his or her guests with the Rules and Regulations of the Park and is responsible for the conduct of the guests.
- Guests with pets (other than cats that are kept indoors exclusively) are only permitted in homes in the designated pet sections.
- Guests under the age of 16 are not allowed to use the Park facilities unless accompanied by an adult.
- No person is permitted to live in recreational vehicles on the Park premises.
- Pets are allowed only in designated pet sections, excluding cats that are kept exclusively indoors. The designated areas are posted on the office bulletin board. While only cats and dogs are permitted as pets, residents may keep a caged bird or aquarium in their home.
- When outside your home, pets must be on a leash. For your safety, walk your pet facing traffic but only on pet section streets. Pets must be walked only in designated areas which are posted in the front office. In addition, pets are not permitted on common grounds including lake areas, the La Casa Rec Hall and Clubhouse areas with the exception of the common areas designated for pets.
- The weight limit for pets is a maximum of 25 pounds. Maximum of two pets (including cats) per household.
- Noisy, dangerous or unruly pets will not be allowed to remain.
- Residents are asked not to feed or attempt to make pets of wild animals or birds. Sarasota County imposes a $500 fine for feeding wildlife.
- Service animals, as defined by federal or Florida law, are not considered pets.
- Pet exemptions are granted to the resident only not the pet.
XI. LOT AND HOME MAINTENANCE
- La Casa will mow all common grounds and unit owners’ lawns.
- All lawns must be grassed and pre-approved “Florida Friendly Landscaping”.
- La Casa will maintain trees on common grounds.
- The homeowner is responsible for watering, trimming, fertilizing, weeding of lawns, planters, beds, trees, bushes and around base of home.
- Watering of the lawns shall be done in compliance with North Port water restrictions as amended from time to time.
- Homeowners have the responsibility of maintenance and/or removal of all trees on their lot. Removal must be approved by park Management.
- If a home becomes unsightly because of neglect of lawn or plantings, Management will give a fourteen (14) day notice to the resident that maintenance is needed. Such notice shall be sent via U.S. mail to the homeowner in accordance with Florida law. If there is no response, the compliance process will be started according to XVIII-3.
- Management has the right to ask a homeowner to trim trees, plants or shrubs that obstruct view and pose a safety hazard.
- All items other than golf carts and automobiles shall be removed from the carport or lot when leaving La Casa for more than two (2) weeks. Any outside objects which could become airborne due to wind conditions shall be removed and secured.
- Landscaping, curbing or lawn ornaments are considered exterior modification and must receive prior written Management approval.
- Trash containers and recycle bins shall be stored out of sight. Trash containers may be stored in the side or back yard if appropriately screened by landscaping or an approved enclosure.
- Holiday yard displays or decorations are permitted for Winter Holidays, Religious Holidays, Multi-National Holidays and Federal Holidays. All others need prior written Management approval. Displays must not be put up earlier than one week before and must be removed 5 days after the Holiday. Winter Holiday displays are exempt but shall not be put up before the last mow of the season prior to Thanksgiving and must be removed by a specific date set annually by Management dependent upon the first mowing of the year.
- Homeowners may beautify their homes by planting trees, shrubs and flowers but shall make inquiry of the office for locations of service lines prior to extensive digging. Drawings showing lines may or may not be available, therefore contact the local utility companies before beginning work. Homeowners shall not plant anything on common grounds without written prior permission of the Park Manager.
- No newspaper delivery box or any similar receptacle shall be installed in front of a home.
- It is important to the appearance of the Park that lots be free of debris. Items other than for general use, such as patio furniture or grills, must be stored in the home utility shed.
- It is recommended by the La Casa HOA Board that the federal flag code be followed by residents when displaying flags within the park.
- If a driveway is widened, it must be of like material to the original driveway (i.e. poured concrete, pavers, like color and design).
- The homeowner shall not, without first obtaining the written consent of the Board and required governmental agencies, alter or add to the exterior of their mobile homes, it attachments or other permanent improvements. Homeowners who want to change the outside appearance of their home by modification or landscaping must submit a Request for Approval Form to Management for approval. Management has 15 working days to approve or deny the request in writing after it is received. If the request is questionable, it will shall be presented to the Board of Directors for approval or denial at the next scheduled Board meeting. If a project is started prior to written approval by Management, the project may have to be dismantled, changed or removed. Following is a list of projects that must be approved and also projects that do not need approval.
MANDATORY MANAGEMENT APPROVALS REQUIRED
The following list of projects must be approved in writing by Management. Projects must be started within ninety (90) days of approval and be completed by no later than ninety (90) days from the start date.
- Additions to home
- Flag poles and flags
- Any exterior home modification
- New shutters or awnings
- Any landscape curbing or planter
- Privacy panels
- Change of house color
- Energy-saving devices
- Re-surfacing or painting of driveway
- Enlarge utility or storage shed
- Removal and installation of trees
- Install patio
- Short wave & ham radio antennas
- Install sprinkler system
- Statues or yard ornaments
- Painting of home
- Screen-in or enclosed room or carport
- Install yard lights
PROJECTS NOT REQUIRING MANAGEMENT APPROVAL
- Improvements inside the home
- Replace roof (same color)
- Replace lawn plugs or sod
- Replace A/C unit
- Replace windows (check County code)
- Reseal painted driveway
- Removal of shrubs or flowers
- Wash home
- Storm damage repair to pre-damage state
XII. RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
- La Casa recreational facilities, including the buildings and activity areas, are for the mutual use of the homeowners and their guests, at their own risk. Hours of use are from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM except for special organized functions that may run later.
- La Casa is a community for older persons, but guests of any age may use all recreational facilities unless otherwise posted. An adult, who is expected to enforce the rules, must accompany all guests under 16years of age.
- The scheduling for the use of the recreational facilities is the responsibility of the La Casa Activity Association. In order to avoid conflict in activities, please schedule your event as far in advance as possible. A refundable deposit may be required when reserving any of the La Casa facilities by groups using the kitchen or serving food, to insure the facilities are left in good condition. Reservation forms are available from the Activity Association.
- No glass containers of any kind are permitted in any of the outdoor recreational areas.
- Pool rules and spa rules are posted in their respective areas and read as follows.
- Shower before entering pool (no soap).
- No diving or jumping.
- No babies allowed in pool without swim diapers.
- No food, drink, glass in pool area except water in non-breakable containers.
- No pets in pool areas. Therapy and service animals cannot be excluded.
- No smoking, including e-cigarettes, inside the fenced pool areas.
- Personal swimming devices allowed (i.e. noodles, vests, swimmies, belts)
- No large flotation devices allowed (i.e. rafts, chairs)
- Put towel on chair before sitting.
- No chair will be left unattended more than 30 minutes (share the chairs).
- No children under 16 allowed in pool without adult supervision.
- No running, horseplay or physical game playing in pool or pool area. No throwing of objects.
- Pool hours 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM
- Bathing capacity – 45 persons for Rec Hall pool
- Bathing capacity – 16 persons for Clubhouse pool
- For emergency call 911. Phones are located at each facility for that purpose as are Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
- Shower before entering (no soap).
- No food, drink, glass or pets in the spa area.
- Bathing load is 6 persons in small spa; 10 in large spa.
- Pregnant women, small children, people with heart problems and people using alcohol, narcotics or other drugs that cause drowsiness should not use spa pools without first consulting a doctor.
- Maximum use is 15 minutes.
- Children under 16 must have adult supervision.
- Maximum water temperature is 104 degrees F
- Spa hours: as posted.
- The speed limit in the Park for ALL vehicles is 15 MPH. Pedestrians have the right of way, but they must observe rules of traffic. Bicyclists, and operators of electric wheelchairs, electric scooters, and golf carts and must also observe all traffic rules.
- All resident owned vehicles must be parked in the resident’s carport or driveway. No vehicles may extend into the street when parked in the driveway. Parking on the grass is not allowed except at the La Casa Rec Hall for events with overflow parking.
- Automobiles of residents or their guests shall not be parked on the street overnight. Short term parking for guests of residents is permitted on streets, providing that both sides of the street are not blocked. Overnight guests may park temporarily at the Clubhouse or Rec Hall parking lot with written permission from Management. Parking there by guests shall be limited to seven (7) nights without additional Management permission. Authorized identification passes must be obtained from the office and prominently displayed in the front windshield area.
- Management has the right to have unauthorized vehicles towed at the owner’s expense.
- Nothing larger than a pickup truck with a cab high shell or standard vans will be permitted to be parked at a home site without written approval of the Park Manager, and then only on a limited basis. No trailers of any kind may be parked at a residence or in a La Casa parking lot without written approval of the Park Manager.
- RV travel trailers, motor homes and boats belonging to residents must be kept in the RV compound, if space is available or outside the Park at owner’s expense if space is not available. Spaces in the RV and boat compound are assigned upon request at the office on a first-come first saved basis, with homeowners having priority over renters.
- RVs and boats may not be parked at the home site except on a temporary basis for a maximum of 24 hours for minor servicing, repairs or loading.
- The rules and regulations for the boat/RV compound are posted at the compound, given to residents when they register at the office, and are stated in these Rules and Regulations.
- No golf-cart-like or ATV vehicles powered by gas or diesel engines are to be driven in the Park, except as used by outside contractors and/or the maintenance department. No motorcycles will be driven in the Park.
- No unregistered or inoperable vehicles shall be kept in the Park.
- All permitted “golf-cart-like” vehicles must have front headlights and back lights if driven at night. These vehicles shall not be parked overnight on the grass.
- No person under the age of 16, alone or accompanied by an adult, is permitted to drive a motor vehicle, including golf-cart-like vehicles, in the Park.
- Bicyclists must ride their bicycles in the direction of traffic (right side) and bicycles must be equipped with headlights and rear reflector when used after dark.
- Pedestrians are advised to wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight when walking after dark and must always walk facing traffic (left side).
- No vehicles designated “for sale” shall be anywhere on the premises of La Casa except on the driveway or under the carport on the owner’s house.
XIV. BOAT & RV COMPOUND
- All units stored in the boat/RV compound must be owned by a La Casa resident.
- Assignments of storage spaces are made through the La Casa office providing space is available. Only boats, motor homes, utility trailers, campers, truck campers, and RV travel trailers displaying current and valid license (registration decal) will be assigned a space. All items must be kept in good working condition and be the sole property of a La Casa resident. Licenses and registrations must be kept current to maintain your space. No autos are to be stored in the compound. Management reserves the right to re-assign the space at any time to optimize the usage.
- A La Casa decal with an assigned number shall be located on the port side of any trailer tongue and driver’s side of the RV windshield.
- The storage spaces are numbered and lettered consecutively as indicated on the compound diagram posted in the La Casa office. Boat spaces are identified by number and RV spaces by letter. Each storage space is identified by the number or letter on the stake to the right of the storage space.
- The boat or RV shall be parked to the left of the number or letter without projecting into the access area.
- The compound shall be locked upon leaving the area unless there is another boat or RV owner in the compound, in which case that person should be advised that you are leaving the area.
- Spaces are provided for washing and routine maintenance of stored items. A 115 volt outlet and a water faucet are provided at the concrete area for those purposes. There is a limit of 72 24 hours at the maintenance station.
- Overnight guests requesting space assignments for boats and RVs must apply at the La Casa office. If spaces are available, they will be assigned to guests for a time limit of one week. A copy of the owner’s driver’s license and the vehicle registration must be presented at the time of space assignment. A key to the compound will then be supplied for a refundable fee of $10.00. Guests wishing to stay longer than one week must get prior approval from Management.
- The compound shall be kept free of debris. It is the responsibility of the owners of the boats, motor homes and RV travel trailers to keep their area clean. The wash and maintenance stations are each provided with a trash container (with wheels). The trash containers will be placed outside the gate on pick-up days by Park staff.
- Any damage to the gate, stakes, fence or water and electric power outlets shall be reported to the La Casa office for attention and repair by the maintenance staff.
- Owners removing boats or RVs permanently, or for an extended period of time, shall notify the La Casa office. The La Casa office may reassign spaces to those on the waiting list for spaces vacant for more than 10 months.
- All loose valuables should shall be removed from the boats or RVs or stowed and locked in a safe place.
- La Casa has the legal right to remove any item stored in the boat/RV compound that is in violation of the Rules and Regulations at the owner’s expense.
- A maximum of one space, in the Boat and RV Compound, per unit shall be assigned. This will become effective one year after the approval of these Rules and Regulations.
XV. TV AND RADIO ANTENNAS
- The installation of all antennas, including homemade antennas, needs prior written approval by the Park Manager or the Board and must conform to State and local codes.
- No dish antenna over 1 meter in diameter is permitted. Location of dish antenna must be pre-approved in writing by Management.
- Amateur radio antennas are limited to two vertical antennas per residence and must be installed to the rear of the house and within six (6) feet of the house. The mast and antenna shall not exceed thirty-six (36) feet in combined height. The base of a ground mounted antenna shall be landscaped three (3) feet in diameter.
- The applicant/homeowner must be a radio operator licensed by the FCC.
- Guy wires, towers and beams are NOT allowed.
XVI. HANDICAP RAMPS
- Handicap ramps, or steps used by people with disabilities, must conform to the American Disability Act Standard and the State of Florida construction standards and will be removed at the homeowner’s expense when no longer needed.
- An application with all the details, together with pictures showing the changes made to the house and the condition to which it will be returned, must be submitted to Park Management by the homeowner prior to applying to the County for a permit.
- Park Management will render a decision within 14 days after review. A permit from the County may be applied for on or after the date Management approval is granted.
- When permission is granted to install a handicap ramp, this request will be granted for that particular individual only. Upon death or departure of that individual or upon determination that the ramp is no longer medically necessary, the ramp shall be removed and the home returned to the original design and condition at no cost to the Corporation.
XVII.BOARD MEETING PROCESS
- Any shareholder, or the designated voter of that shareholder, may present a subject and speak at a Board meeting by filling out a La Casa HOA Agenda Request form. Information on written statements about the subject he or she will be speaking on and the completed form MUST be turned into the office, or the Board Secretary, no later than two (2) hours prior to the scheduled and posted Board agenda meeting.
- Any shareholder, or the designated voter of that shareholder, may speak on an agenda item that is scheduled on the agenda for that Board meeting.
- At the end of the Board meeting, prior to adjournment, any shareholder, or designated voter of that shareholder, may speak on any item which he or she may choose.
- A three (3) minute rule applies to speakers on a written request to be on the agenda. To speak on the agenda items listed and at open forum, the speaker must provide name and lot number, or address, prior to speaking. A speaker cannot give his or her three (3) minutes to another speaker.
- A suggestion, request or grievance form must be filled out and turned into the office, Park Manager, or Secretary of the Board. The Board of Directors or Manager will respond back in writing to the resident. Individuals who rent homes from homeowners must refer their request, recommendation, or grievance to their landlord who will respond to them.
- The Corporation reserves the right to terminate tenancy of any homeowner for the disregard of Park Rules and Regulations in accordance with Florida Statutes 719 and 723.
- If any portion of these Rules and Regulations be contrary to any applicable federal, state, or local law or ordinance, that portion of the Rules and Regulations shall not apply or be enforced. However, the other provisions of these Rules and Regulations shall not be affected and shall remain in full force and effect.
- Enforcement procedure: Once a written complaint is received regarding the violation of a Rule or Regulation, a letter is sent via U.S. Postal Service by the Park Manager stipulating what rule was disregarded with notice of the correction to be done in fourteen (14) days. If there has been no correction after fourteen (14) days, a certified letter is sent via U.S. Postal Service directing legal action at the end of another fourteen (14) day window. Should correction still not be made, the Park attorney then sends a letter that may list some, but not necessarily all, of the remedies available to the Corporation in the even that the violation remains uncured.
- Should the Park Manager notice a violation such as parking on the grass or parking overnight, a Violation Tag is placed on the vehicle as a first notice. The above-noted procedure is then followed.
XIX. VARIANCE FROM RULES
- The Corporation, by action of its HOA Board, reserves the right to change its Rules and Regulations at any time to comply with changes in Federal, State, County or Local regulations.
- When the Board determines that strict compliance to these Rules and Regulations would create an undue hardship on a homeowner requesting a variance from these Rules and Regulations then, upon written presentation of all the facts surrounding the reason for the variance being provided to the Board by the requesting party, the Board may consider and grant such variance. This action shall require a two-thirds approval of the full Board.
published Jan. 2016