Tavares, FL March 2, 2015
Lake County is a great place to live.
I am a fan of property rights and made sure I did not buy in a community with an HOA. Unfortunately, unincorporated Lake County has weak residential zoning rules that:
- Allow residents to park on County right of ways because "No parking on County Right of Ways" signs are not enforced.
- Allow residents to even park 18 wheelers, or commercial business pickup trucks and long commercial trailers on rights of way at the entrance to a residential community.
- Allow residents to run commercial businesses like lawncare, with repairs done in front of the house and multiple vehicles with trailers parked nearby.
- Allow residents buy 1-2 bedroom homes then park 4+ vehicles at them, sticking out into the street.
- Allow residents to violate setback rules and park cars sticking into the street.
- Not define the maximum vehicles parked at a property in relation to bedrooms.
- Allow owners to park inside cul de sac traffic circles. So, you buy a home with a view of a traffic circle with trees, then find 3 cars or boat trailers on them.
So, visit this Facebook picture album HERE to see examples of all the above in just one County Community on the waterfront.
Disclosure: I live in Thompson Estates, and have to drive past many of these examples every time I enter the community. Home prices are about half what they were in 2005 when I bought my house on a canal so I could have a boat and dock.