By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Central Florida is in the midst of a historic drought, as reported in the Orlando Sentinel. Conditions are so dry that portions of the St. Johns River have dried up, and wildfires have become a common occurrence. Most of the state’s water is supplied by underground aquifers that must be replenished by rainfall, hopefully during Florida’s rainy season that generally begins in June. But until rainfall amounts Continue ReadingFlorida HOA battle lines drawn over drought ravaged lawns
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Now that portions of the state of California are easing up on watering restrictions, the Rio Vista Community Association has threatened to fine homeowner Benjamin Adams $100 for having brown spots in his lawn. Adams says that brown spots persist in spite of the fact that he is watering three times per week on his designated days. Rudy Valles, Jr., California Water Service Company director, says California law prohibits Continue ReadingCA HOA vs. Water Service Co., homeowners caught in the middle
By Deborah Goonan For all its talk about “smart growth,” the HOA industry continues to churn out communities that are anything but sustainable. In Arizona, where water is scarce, local regulatory agencies continue to allow development of new communities on land supplied only by ground water (wells), not connected to public utilties. Not only is it expensive to provide enough good quality water to all residents, there is also concern that the water source will Continue ReadingDoes the Homeowners’ Association indsutry care about sustainability?