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Florida HOA says keep your kids inside

These children may have to play inside if the HOA gets their way. Screengrab via WKMG

As childhood obesity comes further under fire, one homeowners association in Edgewater, Florida, is mulling over a decision on whether to ban the children in their subdivision from playing outside.

The new rule that would fine residents $100 for every violation of their children being caught playing outdoors is being considered by the HOA of a 48 townhome community called Persimmon Place. The community has little “green space,” so most of the children play and ride their bikes and scooters in the subdivision’s parking lot.

It’s because of the kids sharing space with motor vehicles that the HOA is supposedly taking action, calling it a safety issue, according to WKMG.

“They came in and rented [a home] in a community that does not have a playground and is not conducive to children,” HOA board member Kim Scott was quoted as saying. “Then they expect the children to play in the driveways and parking lot. You wouldn’t see them playing in the parking lot at Walmart or Kmart, but they come here and turn the children loose.”

Scott added that she recently witnessed a young girl unsupervised and playing on top of the subdivision’s power meters.

Resident Shawna Magee disagrees, however, telling a reporter, “I think people forgot what it was like to be a kid and want to go outside and play.”

Magee thinks there is an “agenda” behind the current move to discourage families with children from moving in, adding, “They’ve been trying to restrict the kids from doing different things for as long as I’ve been here.”

Another resident who did not give their name says, “I think it’s ridiculous. I think the kids should be allowed to play.”

The proposed HOA rule would make it so that no child could be outside unsupervised, and that things like bikes, scooters, skateboards, games of tag, or “obnoxious toys” would be banned from “common property.”

The town of Edgewater recently made headlines last week when a group of parents loudly protested at the local elementary school regarding procedures to protect one student from allergic reactions to peanuts.