Why won’t County Leaders allow Poinciana residents to vote on incorporation?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

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Poinciana, perhaps the largest HOA in the nation at over 60,000 residents, has been attempting to get a referendum on the ballot to incorporate and become a city.

For the fourth year in a row, leaders of Osceola and Polk Counties voted to deny residents the right to vote on the matter and decide for themselves.

Osceola, Polk leaders nix push to incorporate Poinciana

According to the wftv.com report, the reason for four years of consistent opposition:

Leaders said some residents only wanted to incorporate Poinciana because they’re not happy with local HOA’s and saw incorporation as a quick fix.
“I think many of the problems the residents are facing are with the homeowner’s associations,” said Stargel.

So, let me get this straight: County elected officials have taken the paternalistic stance that dissatisfaction with HOA leadership of Poinciana is not sufficient reason to allow residents to vote for their community’s future? For the fourth year in a row, despite all the detailed feasibility studies and bureaucratic hoop jumping, the County delegation has once again denied the requests of Poinciana residents.

Ironically, one main complaint of Poinciana residents is that, in their hierarchical village of HOAs system, voting in elections is far from transparent and democratic.

The issues in Poinciana HOA run deep, as explained in this September 2, 2015, Ledger.com editorial.

Is Florida still part of the United States of America? Why are the rights of Poinciana residents being quashed?

Are there any legitimate reasons to prevent registered voters of over 26,000 homes in Poinciana from having the opportunity to establish their own city, and to diminish or reduce the role of their dysfunctional, unregulated, private web of homeowners associations?

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2 Replies to “Why won’t County Leaders allow Poinciana residents to vote on incorporation?”

  1. We don’t want.to become a city. The hoa does a fine job of mowing and fixing potholes for a measly $21 a month. The few who want this nonsense want more dollar generals on every corner, (just saw today dollar tree is being built next to burger King. Are they serious? Who keeps approving these cheap dollar stores that are destroying our neighborhood?) more firehouses that we don’t need. (The firemen are shopping all day long at Publix with 3 engines wasting taxpayer money) now i hear there’s gonna be a new firehouse in village 7. So that will be 20 more miles daily for the firemen to go shopping and drive around. These same people want a $30 million dollar city hall, new police force courthouse and jail. More cushy union jobs for these city members. We don’t want it, don’t need it. We have enough cops around here. We have Polk County sheriffs, Osceola county sheriffs, Kissimmee police, Florida highway patrol. We don’t want any more red light cameras or speed traps. This town is going down the toilet real fast. Time to move

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    1. Vince, I can appreciate your arguments. However, if the issue of incorporating Poinciana as a city were to be put on a referendum, all of the arguments for and against could be debated in the months leading up to a democratic vote. Let the people decide. If most agree with your point of view, then nothing will change.

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