Saturday, February 27, 2010

'Deco-Gate' neighborhood brouhaha

Neighbors are terrified.

Gangs? Drug dealers? Vandals?


A homeowners association.

In this case, the Summerfield/Riverwalk Homeowners Association in Lakewood Ranch.

Welcome to “Deco-Gate.”

Neighbors have rallied to Joani Ellis’ side in her ongoing dispute with the association, but prefer anonymity lest they draw the scrutiny of the association and its gumshoes.

Ellis’ crime?

Having more decorative items than are permitted in her front yard — a well kept front yard that would grace any neighborhood.

Except Summerfield/Riverwalk, apparently.

Read more in Sunday's Mannix About Manatee

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