Hi Readers — Just be glad you don’t live in the Persimmon Place subdivision in Edgewater, Fla. The Homeowners Association (HOA) there is considering new rules that will ban children from playing outside.
I KNOW this sounds like a fantasy plot from one of the umpteen dystopian young adult novels out there, so let me quote from this report on ClickOrlando.com:
The HOA board said the proposed rule, which will carry a $100 fine for every violation, is all about safety. …
The proposal states that “minor children will be under the direct control of a responsible adult at all times,” and it would also ban the game of tag, skateboarding, Big Wheels, loud or obnoxious toys on “common property.” …
For now, the children can play outside without restriction, but the HOA board will meet with an attorney on Thursday, and the final rules and bylaws will be given to every resident before the April 27 vote.
The problem, defined by the Homeowners Assn., is a lack of open space in the 48-townhouse subdivision. So the kids play on the driveways (oh! the horror!) and in the parking lot (which could be a fine or terrible idea, depending on its size and the number of cars there, etc. etc.). The point is: Kids DESERVE to play outside. It doesn’t even seem like it should be LEGAL to ban this, anymore than banning eating or sleeping.
But of course, it’s all about “safety,” the word that sneaks into so many debates, legitimately or not, and often stuns all common sense.
I hope the kids storm this meeting in their roller skates. It is time for a revolution. — L.