Here we go again. Received the new BIG BROTHER rides again update on traffic enforcement. What is this obsession these people have with rules, more rules, and nothing but rules. Privacy in Pelican Landing means another infringement on my right to be left alone. Now they are spending our money on laser guns at the REQUEST OF RESIDENTS, THE PANEL, THE UOC. They spent THOUSANDS of dollars of our money on that foolish electronic speed sign Ryan Morris has them sneaking around hanging on poles. Who are these people who seem obsessed with controlling every aspect of my life in Pelican Landing with decisions made in secret, who want to spy with cameras and listen to private conversations. They want my mulch to be brown and not to be red. They want to monitor my privacy by invading it. Enforcement is underhanded instead of even handed. The people who pay the freight have long since lost control of the train. The original by laws have been changed continually over the years by fiat, almost always in secret by a small bunch of people who seem to think that one size fits all and that they are smarter and therefore must know what is best for the rest of us. How is it that I managed to survive my 69 years and escaped the looks from my Mom, the threats of my Dad, the warnings of my teachers and the admonitions of my employer, the wrath of my wife, only to now find myself living in a nanny state culture where the color of my mulch, the size of my American flag, the shine of my mailbox are under constant scrutiny by a bunch of dim bulbs who need to get a life. In the past 12 months, I have had to deal with these incompetents on two occasions. When they built my now home in 1994, during the excavation process, large rocks or boulders if you will were dug up and in a planned design were placed in the yard adjacent to the lanai as a landscaping design enhancement. Those boulders sat there quietly, bothering no one, causing no trouble and adding a nice touch to my yard of which I am quite proud and work hard myself to maintain. Much to my amazement, I received an unexpected missive from the Design Review Committee threatening to fine me for failing to seek permission to alter the landscaping in my yard by placing BOULDERS (their word) in the rear of my home. 15 years it took to notice I had rocks in my yard. When I asked which dim bulb finally noticed my rocks I was, as expected, informed that I was not entitled to know that information. It was a secret.
This past spring I was awakened one morning by the sound of chainsaws in the rear of my home. Several trucks and a group of workers were present and in the process of cutting down a huge pepper tree, an invasive specious that needed to be removed which was growing out of control not unlike most of the governing body here at Pelican Landing. They were removing this tree on an area of COMMON PROPERTY adjacent to my yard not far from where the boulders still sit, still bothering no one. When they finished removing the tree, they left the large stump sitting like a sore thumb (for two months) for all to see including the secret investigators from Design Review. This crack outfit apparently conducted a follow up investigation of their astute observations and in typical incompetent and secret conclusion decided I was once again to be brought before the mast. Again, though not as much to my amazement this time, I received another threatening missive which accused me of cutting down a tree NOT ON MY PROPERTY without seeking permission and a further violation of not removing the stump NOT ON MY PROPERTY. I was ordered to remove the stump NOT ON MY PROPERTY or be fined after 30 days and by the way Bill, you have red mulch in your yard which really detracts form our high standards here at Pelican Landing. What kind of STANDARDS do we the owners have that have allowed this have happened where our voice always falls on deaf ears.
We are by virtue of our home ownership in Pelican Landing residents of Lee County. We pay taxes to Lee County and are entitled to traffic enforcement services here in Pelican Landing. Sheriff Scott requires a signed agreement from the Board of Pelican Landing allowing such enforcement since we are private property. The Board would rather have a bunch of security guards perform these duties and issue fines rather than have trained Traffic Enforcement Officers. What training will the privacy officers have and where and at what cost will their required certification in the use of Radar/Laser take place or will they follow the usual pattern and allow the continued incompetence of Privacy such as a recent incident where a Privacy Patrol responded to a resident apparently unconscious lying on the ground near his home and when asked to call for an ambulance informed other residents present that they were not allowed to make a decision like that and told the residents they should call. Another crack performance by Ryan Morris and team.
I am writing because some years back, I served for 10 years as President of a large condominium association. During my tenure, openness was my guiding principle. In every aspect of operation, the majority desire of the residents was the goal. Evenhandedness was present in every decision we made. That is not the situation here in Pelican Landing. When our funds are used to pay our employees for the time they spend in Lee County Court litigation and time spent with attorneys being deposed about their underhanded treatment of residents and discriminatory enforcement of rules and when the court rules against our employees and grants damages to the residents something has gone wrong.