Target: Ole Village in Lely Resort, Florida
Goal: To protest Ole Village’s rule that forces anyone under the age of 18 to be accompanied by an adult when outside of their homes.
Now that the warm weather is upon us, most kids are looking forward to enjoying playtime outdoors. But minors who live in Florida’s Ole Village in Lely Resort won’t be able to do so without constant adult supervision. In order to leave their homes and simply walk to the neighborhood bus stop, teens as old as 17 have to be accompanied by an adult. Tell Ole Village management that this policy is not only unfair to children, but places an unfair burden upon parents and caretakers.
On its website, Ole deems itself “a friendly community with charming Mediterranean architecture, lots of green space and inviting pedestrian thoroughfares.” Which is nice, until you consider the fact that some of its residents can’t enjoy the fresh green grass or summery air.
According to a recent story on NBC-2.com, some parents consider this “house arrest” imposed on innocent kids.
“They’ve been harassing our kids quite a bit coming up to them telling them they can’t be outside,” Tony Stein, an Ole resident, told NBC-2. “I can’t wait for my lease to be up because I’m not going to keep my kids in the house for two months.”
However, neighborhood management points to a rule that essentially states that all minors must be accompanied by an adult when they are outside in the neighborhood. However, security has only recently begun to enforce the rule.
“Can’t walk to the store, can’t walk to their neighbor’s house, their friends,” said Nadia Mihyar, another Ole resident.
In its defense, management has cited complaints about noisy children. But it’s difficult to see how every single child in this neighborhood should be punished for the actions of a few loud children. Moreover, children in most, if not all, neighborhoods are known to get a little rambunctious while outside.
Nevertheless, these kids typically aren’t forced to become prisoners in their own homes at all hours of the day and night. By signing the petition below, you will urge Ole Village management to abandon this unfair rule and let the children outside.
Dear Ole Village management,
Your policy against minors leaving their homes unaccompanied is unfair and harmful to both parents and children in your neighborhood. Not only are kids effectively kept prisoners in their own homes, but parents and caretakers must bear the burden of constantly accompanying children and teens everywhere they go.
When even teens as old as 16 or 17 can’t walk to the local bus stop on their own, they and their parents are left at a serious disadvantage.
It is imperative that you put this harmful policy to an end and allow children to leave their homes unattended. Please commit to taking action immediately.
[Your Name Here]