Local family fined for having Christmas lights early – CBS Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News at 10) – A local family gets a fine from their homeowners association for getting their Christmas lights up!

The Westchase Community Association states between November 7 and Thanksgiving Day that families are not allowed to have holiday decor on their homes.

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The Moffa family said their Christmas lights went up on November 6 … and two days later they received a letter from their homeowners’ association stating that if they did not turn off the lights, they would be charged $ 100 per person. day until Thanksgiving!

Michael Moffa says “Being a Grinch in this kind of environment right now is unsatisfactory.”

Tampa Resident, Michael Moffa, has three children and a full-time job, and says this year he decided to hire someone to hang Christmas lights up.

“Two years we researched doing this, the guy was booked solid. So we booked on November 6 this year,” Moffa said.

On November 6, 2021, these lights were on.

“It is done professionally, it looks very nice. It is not a Griswold Family Vacation house where it lights up the whole planet, ”said Moffa.

Just as the Moffa family began to enjoy their light, they received a letter.

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“The newspaper says it’s $ 100 a day, with a maximum of $ 1,000 for a period of 30 days,” Moffa said.

The letter says holiday decor can not be displayed from November 8 until Thanksgiving Day, but Moffa says the lights are worth the fines.

“Getting out and just seeing the smiles on their faces is invaluable,” Moffa said.

He believes the Westchase Community Association needs to relax its policies. Moffa says the rule appears to be aimed at people celebrating Christmas, but there are other religions to consider.

»As well as excluding other religious holidays. We also celebrate Hanukkah, Diwali, I have Indian customers who also celebrate that culture, ”said Moffa.

Westchase Community Association attorney Jonathan Ellis issued a statement saying “there has been no decision on whether a fine will be imposed on Moffas for non-compliance with the association’s rule regarding holiday decorations.”

Meanwhile, Moffa says he will not take his candles down for the time being.

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“In a time when we are only at the end of a pandemic, children go to school, wearing masks, not wearing masks, virtual, not virtual. In a time to be Christmas, and the holiday right now brings joy to all , ”Said Moffa.

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