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Air Force Veteran Fights Homeowner's Association

7:26 PM, Feb 16, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Floyd Woodruff has survived the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War but now finds himself in a tough battle with his homeowners association.

"I feel they're badgering me for something that is not my fault, it would be a big improvement to the deck," said Woodruff.

Woodruff is disabled and hearing impaired, and he wants a new deck with a wheelchair ramp at his home in the Moorings of San Jose. It would replace his current dilapidated wooden deck.

"I can't get up on that with a wheelchair. I've got a ramp out front; I want to bring it around with pavers and bring it around to the back deck," he said.

In December, he filed an architectural review request for property improvement for his new deck, with the property manager and homeowners association. His request was denied, "pursuant to board of director review and decision.

Woodruff said he tried to file an appeal, but was told he has to wait until the annual board meeting in April.

"I'm trying to get so I have mobility to my back deck from outside the door," he said.

While his covenant does not mention decks, there's a clause that says outdoor materials must conform with existing materials. Woodruff wants to replace his wooden deck with pavers and even though pavers may improve the aesthetics and his property value, Woodruff said his homeowners association board of directors refuse to budge.

"What I want the board to do is approve my contractor to install the paver deck," he said.

Mike MacCulley, a spokesman with Sentry Management, which manages the property manager, said he asked is a wooden deck might work instead, but did not get an answer. "This is an issue where the design is different to the standard of that community," said MacCulley.

President of the homeowners association Leane Ross said Woodruff can appeal at the April board meeting.

"What he wants changes the footprint," said Ross. "We follow the letter of the law."


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