North Port, FL - Charleston Park, a small gated community on Florida's west coast, is planning to offer a series of lectures to its residents for the purpose of "raising community standards." Taking a hint from the community newsletter, which lectures residents on a variety of issues each month, the sessions will hopefully obviate the need to repeat what some residents consider to be "scoldings."
First on the agenda is the "carp problem." Several residents have been seen casting nets into community ponds under the cover of darkness and landing 4-pounders. To compound the dilemma, the offenders are using the carp to fertilize their shrubs. "It is an ecologically friendly way to green up the garden," said Madden Scatolski. "The Seminoles used this method for centuries. The only problem is the cat invasion"
The ban against parking on Charleston Park's roadways is consistently violated, especially by the Dominoes Pizza delivery vehicle. But the greater problem involves several RVs that block satellite reception and sunlight from reaching adjacent homes. "I've missed the last two episodes of Jersey Girls," complained Sidney Voyeur, whose shrubs are wilting for lack of sunlight. "Maybe I need some of those dead carp."
Lawn and shrubbery maintenance is another contentious issue. Residents are encouraged to mow at least every two weeks, even when the turf is dormant. Harry Grub has come up with an alternative to grass: "I'll just spray the entire yard with Roundup. This way the HOA Board can't complain. Maybe I'll roll on a few gallons of green deck paint to brighten up the dirt. That'll make my plastic flamingoes really stand out."