Spare me the drama `"Things that frighten us," Nov. 30`. Petula Caesar, take the green pill instead of that scary left turn and maybe fate will lock the bathroom door as you shit out all of your crippling what-ifs.
Troy Eggleston, via the Internet
Regarding your story on homeowner's associations `"Home is where the HOA is," Nov. 23`: Most of the problems are not caused by owners violating the deed restrictions, but by the way boards are interpreting the statutes and governing documents.
A very prominent example: Just consider that a provision in the deed restrictions tells you that you can't have lawn ornaments without prior approval. Would you have guessed that means you can't fly Ol' Glory from a flagpole? Actually, that was the start of the infamous Jupiter flag case, which the homeowner finally won. Legal fees: more than $200,000!
Patrick Howell, the attorney quoted in your article, should know better. Most problems are created if boards make rules as they go along and don't follow the statutes. Some haven't even read them! See example in article (quote): "Association members have cased her house, trespassed on her property and threatened her with foreclosure unless she abides by the deed restrictions the association forces on its members."
Since the law changed in 2004, associations are no longer allowed to file liens or foreclosure proceedings against an owner for fines or violations of deed restrictions. These neighbors should read Florida laws before making these kinds of threats!
The government created these associations but forgot to create any real oversight or regulation. The whole setup is benefiting attorneys and managers, not the homeowners. And the fairy tale that associations protect property values is just that: a fairy tale.
Jan Bergemann, via the Internet
I am writing to comment on a restaurant review in the Dining section of the Nov. 16 Orlando Weekly `"Shiny but not happy"`. The review was written by Faiyaz Kara, and the featured restaurant was Ultra Luce. I have dined at Ultra Luce and found it to be a fabulous dining experience, both aesthetically and gastronomically. Thus, it was shocking to read this scathing review. Not only was it shocking, it was rather unpleasant for the reader and embarrassing for the reviewer.
Is it acceptable to the Orlando Weekly that their contributors write in such an unprofessional manner? It is generally entertaining and harmless when feature writers in your publication write in an ironic or irreverent way. However, Kara went too far with personal insults to the owner of Ultra Luce, mockery of the neighborhood and ignorant comments about the cuisine. When compared to measuring sticks in restaurant reviews such as those in the New York Times, Kara's review is amateurish and second-rate.
It seems that the reviewer had a personal problem with Ultra Luce's aspirations toward a platinum dining experience, the posh neighborhood in which it resides and the innocent, by-standing owners. Hopefully such amateurish efforts will be avoided in your future dining reviews.
Amy Kim, via the Internet
Department of Corrections
In the Nov. 9 Culture to Go, a Voci dancer was misidentified in the review of the Out of the Box performance. Mentioned in a review of the "People are Strange" segment, Emmial C. Fields was not one of the principal dancers; rather, Mary Clymene Wilkins (also the choreographer) and Lisa Mie were the featured dancers.
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