Deborah Goonan, Shu Bartholomew discuss children, lemonade stands, and property rights On the Commons

Lemonade stand children

by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities UPDATED June 12, 2012 This week, Shu Bartholomew and I discussed a sign of positive change for children and families in HOA-governed communities in the U.S. A few weeks ago, I wrote about Texas House Bill 234. It’s common sense legislation that gives kids the freedom to set up a lemonade stand on private property, without paying for a city permit. But here’s what make HB 234 noteworthy. It Continue ReadingDeborah Goonan, Shu Bartholomew discuss children, lemonade stands, and property rights On the Commons

Sea Pines of Padre Isles subdivision wants out of HOA (TX)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Sea Pines subdivision filed a petition in January 2019 to leave the Padre Isles Property Owners Association (PIPOA), but the board says that homeowners in Sea Pines have to submit the “proper legal paperwork,” before their exit from the property owners’ (homeowners) association is official. Padre Island is a planned community centered around water oriented recreation. Established in 1965, the community includes more than 4,300 water front and Continue ReadingSea Pines of Padre Isles subdivision wants out of HOA (TX)

Texas kids free to sell lemonade & their HOA can’t stop them

Lemonade in glasses with straws

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities UPDATED JUNE 12, 2019 Texas lemonade stand law applies to homeowners’ associations, too “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” It’s a familiar adage parents and grandparents use to teach children to make the best of a bad situation. So why not whip up a batch of lemonade, and sell some to the neighbors? No can do? You say your City government and your HOA won’t allow it? Well, Continue ReadingTexas kids free to sell lemonade & their HOA can’t stop them

Homes threatened by soil erosion in North Texas HOA subdivision

Retaining wall stone

 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homeowners in a Fort Worth planned community say that soil erosion is causing their yards to sink, and sliding downhill each time it rains. NBC DFW visited Glen Eden, and spoke with HOA President Terrence Watson, who says that 20 homes in the subdivision are affected by earth movement. Video coverage shows clear evidence of erosion, failing retaining walls, and fences tearing apart at the seams. Glen Eden is Continue ReadingHomes threatened by soil erosion in North Texas HOA subdivision