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Updates to Southwind ARC Rules
Posted on Sep 22nd, 2011

1.        Vacant Lot Maintenance.  Vacant lots are expected to be neat in appearance:  the lot must be mowed within eight feet of the street; clear of construction and storm debris; and, cannot be used for dumping.
 
2.       Maintenance of Vacant Homes and Rentals.  Property homeowners are responsible for ensuring landscaping and the home exterior is maintained in accordance with ARC standards.  Homeowners will receive a phone call and written notice of infractions, and if not corrected, the SPOA will take action to rectify the infraction at the homeowner’s expense. 
 
Federal and/or State Law prohibit certain clauses in HOA documents and covenants; we do ask residents however, to consider esthetics, especially visibility from the street. These include:
·         Antennas and Satellite Dishes.  Based on an FCC ruling, residents are allowed to have video antennas including direct-to-home satellite dishes that are less than one meter (39.37") in diameter, TV antennas, and wireless cable antennas. 
 
·          Green Energy Initiatives.  The SPOA supports green energy initiative such as solar panels, clotheslines and other passive energy initiatives.  The resident should attempt to minimize visibility from the street.
 
·         Xeriscaping.  Owners may have Florida Friendly landscaping as defined in State Statute 373.185(1), and other pollution prevention and water use measures such as rain barrels and composters.
 
·         Flagpoles.  Subject to building codes and zoning and easement setbacks, homeowners may have a freestanding flagpole of no more than 20 feet high, and display one official US flag, not larger than 4 1/2 feet by 6 feet, and an additional flag of the same size or smaller, representing the State of Florida, US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, or a POW-MIA flag.
 
·         Access ramp.  Any resident may construct an access ramp if a resident or occupant of the parcel has a medical necessity or disability that requires a ramp for egress and ingress.  Special conditions apply; please ensure you have ARC approval before construction.
 
·         Security signs.  Any parcel owner may display a sign of reasonable size provided by a contractor for security services within 10 feet of any entrance to the home.
 
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