Residents of the Miramar subdivision in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, better hope Santa didn't leave any bikes or roller skates under their Christmas trees. The management company in charge of the residential neighborhood has just banned children from playing in the street, saying it's for the kids' own safety.
Advanced Management told HLN Friday no manager is available to comment on the ban until December 31, but some are already speaking out about the new rule.
"They are taking the fun away, to be honest. We just want to go outside and play. I don't know why that's such a crime," 15-year-old Nico Cardenas told HLN affiliate WTSP.
The 172-home subdivision only has one street and backs up onto a golf course. Rules also keep the kids from playing too close to the golf course. The homes in the neighborhood have small front yards dominated by landscaping. Homeowners have mixed feelings about the new rule.
"This is their home. They pay HOA fees, they're part of our community. We should be a community and be friendly," neighbor Kimberly Koen told WTSP. "Kids need to be careful and adults need to be careful. Everyone needs to look out for each other."
Resident Phil Erickson agrees with the ban, "They are kids and have to have a place to play, but the street isn't the place to do it."
Homeowners tell WTSP a town hall meeting is purportedly planned, but they have not been given a time or date.