Cypress Woods vs Wilbur…Battle Rages On!

guest blog by Nila Ridings

It’s been almost two months (7/7/14) since I wrote about Wilbur the pig that provides companionship and comfort to the Halpern children.

Nothing has been settled and the parents and pig are appearing on a radio show to explain their side of the story. They have now received a $1,000 fine but the HOA attorney, Ryan Aboud  knows nothing about that. The property manager and board members aren’t speaking about it…so who has what trick up their sleeve now?

Ward just wrote about heart problems versus neighborhood relations.  We just had two American journalists beheaded on foreign soil by terrorists.  The economy we are hearing is near collapse.  We are approaching the 13th anniversary of the worst attacks on American soil on 9/11/01.

And…Cypress Woods wants to keep battling over a pig???  Please, tell me this is not so!

I have a question for Mr. Ryan Aboud.  The Halperns now have a pro bono attorney helping them.  If you were handling this case pro bono for the HOA would it keep raging on?  Or is it the billable hours that are making Wilbur the most sought after HOA pig?  It’s time to STOP the madness Mr. Aboud.

(link to Sun Sentinel story about Wilbur)



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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.

1 thought on “Cypress Woods vs Wilbur…Battle Rages On!

  1. Deborah Goonan

    I have been writing to media reporters that are bringing HOA issues to the attention of the general public. We need to thank them for shining a light on the many, many issues that occur on a DAILY basis in HOAs.

    Wilbur is clearly a household pet, not an animal raised as livestock for profit or sustenance.

    I see the petition has exceeded its goal of 1000 signatures. Kudos to the pro bono attorney, whose name was not mentioned in the article. I have Liked the Facebook page to keep track of what happens next.


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