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Covenants and Rules

In addition to the architectural guidelines, the following residential rules apply:
Pets. Residents are limited to common household pets; no other animals, livestock or poultry are allowed. Pet owners are responsible for ensuring that their pets are not allowed to roam and don’t exhibit “public nuisance” behavior such as chasing cars, harassing a person or barking excessively. When off the premises, dogs must be on a physical leash and pet waste must be removed and disposed of. Please see Covenants Section 5.3 for more details on the privilege of pet ownership in Southwind. 
Trash Services. Trash containers may not be visible from the front or sides of the house, nor from the back of homes on lakes and golf courses. Refuse and recycle containers and yard waste can be placed curbside the evening before scheduled pick up, not before. To schedule bulk pickup, or for questions about recyclables and yard waste requirements, call WMS at 862-7141. Our schedule (excluding major holidays):
               Sat & Wed – Trash pickup                Tues – Yard Waste
               Thurs – Recyclables                          Fri – Bulk pickup (call first)
Residential parking. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to park at least one vehicle in your garage. The following rules will be strictly enforced:
• Parking on the grass is not permitted.
• Other than automobiles and motorcycles, no wheeled vehicles of any kind (motor homes,
   trailers, boats, riding lawnmowers, golf carts, etc.) can be parked in the front, side or
   rear yard area except for the purposes of loading and unloading (no overnight parking). These
   vehicles may be parked in the garage or in the driveway.
 • Disabled, unlicensed or covered vehicles are permitted in garage parking only.
 • Overnight parking on the street is not permitted.
Signs, Flags, Banners.
No more than one sign or flag may be placed on a Lot, except for federal or state flags, as provided in section 720.304, Florida Statutes. No sign shall exceed six square feet. A sign may not be displayed on a Lot for more than thirty days in any one six-month period, except for the following:
  1. A “For Sale” or “Sold” sign which shall be permitted for as long as the Lot is being openly marketed and for seven days following the closing of the sale.  One additional sign may be placed on the back side of golf course lots.  No such signs shall exceed six square feet in size.
  1. A single sign identifying the contractor who is doing construction work on the Lot, which shall be permitted as long as construction is ongoing.  No such sign shall exceed six square feet in size.  No sign shall be affixed to any trees on the Lot or on the right of way of the road.  The Association or its designee may enter upon any Lot for the purpose of removing signs that do not comply with this section. 
  1. Small security/home protection signs and/or lawn chemical application signs are exempt from this restriction.
Garage/yard/estate sales. Events of this type are not permitted due to limited parking and potential damage to irrigation systems.
Open House. A "For Sale" Open House is permitted on Saturdays or Sundays.  Each resident may use a four-hour block between 09:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Prior notification of Security is required.  For Sunday events, residents may also request a short-term gate code that will be active the day of the open house.  
For additional information on our enforcement procedures and fines, reporting a covenant or rule violation, or requesting a waiver, please click here.

Our Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants, Articles of Incorporation, and By-Laws were passed by a majority of homeowners on July 12, 2017.
Below are the recorded copies for your convenience:
Current:    ***  Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants  ***    
Rules Summary - Summary of SWPOA Rules
Previous covenants and amendments can be accessed by clicking the links below:
Southwind I      (Windlake Court)
Southwind II     (Baywind Drive)
Southwind III    (Windsong Court)
Southwind IV    (Southwind Court)
Southwind V and VI  (Windrush Drive, Windrush Cove, Windlake Drive, Bluelake Cove,  Amberlake Cove and Clearlake Cove)