Smoking at home update…
Collier community considers smoking ban
Feb 27, 2014
By Rick Ritter
A heated debate in Collier County Thursday night – how far is too far when it comes to Homeowners Association rules?
The Laguna Village in Fiddler’s Creek Parkway off State Highway 951 is considering a ban on smoking – even by homeowners on their own property.
From San Francisco to Southwest Florida, Linda and Tony Fiore traded in stress for relaxation.
“This lifestyle is a no-brainer. You just relax. People don’t care and go with the punches,” said Laguna Village resident Linda Fiore.
But lately, their relaxation – along with others in the community – comes with some controversy.
“It was like wow. Somebody is paying attention to a need that everyone is asking about,” said Tony Fiore.
Laguna Village is the lone community in Fiddler’s Creek considering a smoking ban on it’s 128 properties.
After a Homeowners Association meeting earlier this week, several residents complained about the smoke and how it’s trickling over from one lanai to another.
“I’m sure, initially, no one thought this would be such a problem for someone. But it actually really is and it affects people’s health,” said Laguna Village resident Leslie.
The ban would prevent homeowners from smoking in all common areas, including their lanai.
The homes are far from cheap and the association fees can be top dollar – one reason as to why some residents say the choice should be theirs.
“I’d be very upset if I purchased a home with the price they’re at out her and someone told me I couldn’t smoke,” said Linda Fiore.
Residents say the board will send out a poll – letting them voice their opinions.
Ultimately, the board will decide. This means the days of “lighting up” at Laguna Village could be numbered.
“They make the decision and that’s what they’re elected to do. It’s a tough one,” said Laguna Village resident Ellen Cantor.
We tried reaching out to the Laguna Village Homeowners Association, but numerous calls were not returned.