Kids’ Lemonade Stand Curtailed by HOA – Article by FastTracks: A News Bulletin for CAI Members

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News: Kids’ Lemonade Stand Curtailed by HOA

Talk about some sourpusses: A North Palms Beach, Fla., homeowners association has put the kibosh on a lemonade stand run by neighborhood kids.

According to West Palms Beach’s WPTV Channel 5, the young entrepreneurs, between the ages 5 and 10, and their parents received a letter from the Prosperity Harbor Homeowners Association in March letting them know that the association was trying to shut down their lemonade stand, which is located within the community. The association also filed a complaint, stating that “signs are prohibited and business may not be conducted in their neighborhood.” Running a business in the community is prohibited by the association’s bylaws.

However, the owners and their parents insist that their lemonade stand isn’t a business, but rather a way for the kids to learn camaraderie and do some charitable work. One of the kids’ friends has a disabled sister, and the money the stand makes goes to the sister’s school. Both the kids and parents are fighting to stay open for business, and to turn these lemons into lemonade.

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