HOA Child Abuse In Clearwater Ended by Judge

One of the most tragic child abuse cases in the country has been ended by a judge in Clearwater, Florida.

When Kimberly Broffman was just six months old, her grandparents took her into their home becase the infant’s mom was a drug abuser. The problem was that her grandparents, Jimmy and Judie Stottler, lived in the Lakes Homeowners Association which was restricted to residents aged 55 and older. The Lakes HOA wouldn’t give in. They wanted the kid gone.

But the massive recession hit, and the Stottlers couldn’t sell their home. They discovered, to their horror, that there’s no institution on earth as hateful and as unforgiving as and HOA scorned.

In 2007, the HOA filed a lawsuit against the elderly couple and the little girl. The only saving grace was that Florida attorney, Robert Eckard, took on the case for free (proving that there really are angels in Heaven), and after five years and $200,000 in pro bono work, the family won. The Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge ordered the Lakes Homeowners Association to back off. No, they would not be allowed to send over the sheriff and throw the child out onto the street.

There’s really not much good news in the nation’s HOA movement these days. But when good happens, you’ll read it here.

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

2 thoughts on “HOA Child Abuse In Clearwater Ended by Judge

  1. Annonymous Post author

    > there’s no institution on earth as hateful and
    > as unforgiving as and HOA scorned.

    According to the Independence Institute, “Colorado’s Free Market Think Tank”, “Since HOAs are very local and small, participants are often neighbors and hence have incentive to settle disagreements in a civil manner” (February 28, 20009).

    1. Ward Lucas Post author

      You’ve GOT to be kidding! Should I send them a free book? I presume they read? But then, the older I get, the more surprised I am by things that people spout. Actually I’ve found that the smaller the HOA, the nastier neighborhood relations get. In an HOA in Tacoma, Washington (just nine houses) there’ve been lawsuits and vandalism throughout its eight or nine year history. And these people are doctors, and businessmen. Million dollar homes right on the beach! The Independence Institute should hold off philosphizing until they take a tour of America.


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