Subdivision Rules to Keep Families from Housing Evacuees

By: AP
By: AP

OCALA - Subdivision rules are keeping some Ocala residents from temporarily housing Hurricane Katrina evacuees, and angry homeowners say it might make them move.

The board of Majestic Oaks Homeowners Association told homeowners their deed restrictions prohibit housing people who fled the Gulf Coast. The board sent a notice after learning one resident in the 500 home subdivision planned to take in three New Orleans families. Resident Georgia Ann Bolla says she's ashamed to live in
Majestic Oaks and she's ready to move. Homeowners association president Bob Watson says legal liability means the restrictions can't be ignored.

The director of a Florida community coalition says similar restrictions are routinely upheld in court, but boards can decide to not enforce them.

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