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Homeowner’s Group Bans Kids From Playing In Street

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File photo of a row of houses on a street. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)

File photo of a row of houses on a street. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)

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LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — A homeowner’s association in Manatee County is prohibiting children from playing in the street.

ABC Action News reports the Miramar at the Country Club Homeowner’s Association passed a new bylaw last week, saying that children can’t play in the street due to safety reasons. Association officials told the TV station that there’s one narrow, windy road through the community and drivers often speed.

“You can come around a corner and there will be three or four kids out there doing something,” Miramar HOA Board Member Tony Olender told WFTS-TV.

Olender says there are other places for children to play.

“It’s kind of the motto of the community so you can live, work and play- that’s the idea and there’s plenty of place to go do that too,” he told WFTS.

Some parents call the new rule absurd.

“It’s filled with children and great schools across the way and we all want our kids to be outside,” Anne Sofie Hait told the station. “We don’t want them on iPads and you know, video games. You want them active.”

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