La Jolla resident's HOA orders him to take down Halloween decorations
Last Updated: 39 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A La Jolla resident is being ordered to remove his Halloween decorations. His homeowners association says the decorations go against the association's rules and regulations.
Soon after resident Michael Cárdenas put up the Halloween decorations for his kids, the homeowners association's board of directors called an emergency meeting and sent Cárdenas a letter ordering him to take them down.
Cárdenas lives along Coast Boulevard, steps from the cliffs that look out at the Pacific Ocean.
He happens to be the only resident along the stretch with the desire to dress up his property for Halloween.
"My children and I decided, look, we're in the spirit of Halloween. We want to put some decorations up," said Cárdenas.
So, a gory severed head was hung upside down from his porch light and a scary clown, a witch – even a rubber Medusa with a motion sensor – were put out to scare.
It was an unusual sight for the stretch of Coast Blvd, but welcomed by passersby.
"I think it's really amazing. They did a great job. I love the black draping of the figure and the mask," said Pacific Beach resident Nancy Lee.
Cárdenas, though, was sent a letter last Friday from his HOA stating, "The Board of Directors at 939 CMA have mandated that no holiday decorations be displayed in common areas."
"I don't think I'm encroaching in anybody's enjoyment of this beautiful ocean view," said Cárdenas.
10News obtained a copy of the Coast Management Association's rules and regulations and nowhere does it say anything about holiday decorations being banned from common areas. Click here to read the rules and regulations (mobile users: http://bit.ly/Hr3FBY)
Cárdenas has been given until Nov. 1 to take down the decorations. He says he will comply.
However, he is in the process of talking with an attorney and exploring his decorating options for future holidays.
Cárdenas says if it was not for one homeowner where he lives, who has a problem with holiday decorations, this may not even be an issue.
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