Neighborly Love in Florida

It’s pretty amazing to see the way some neighborhoods tear themselves apart.

The latest goofball story comes from Lake Asbury, Florida. The HOA is threatening to foreclose on the homes of 26 families because they don’t want to pay a dues increase of $50. The HOA needs the money to help maintain docks and boat ramps on the lake. Fifty bucks seems pretty trivial, but the homeowners are taking it to court.

In the meantime, the anger, the frustration, the hatred has made Lake Asbury a pretty attractive place to live, right?

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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.

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