Miramar neighborhood rescinds rule, allows kids to play in street

srocco@bradenton.comJanuary 11, 2014 

Miramar's HOA board has rescinded a measure banning children from playing in the street. SABRINA ROCCO/Bradenton Herald

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Kids who live in the Miramar town homes can go back to playing in the street after the community's governing board rescinded a rule Thursday night that banned them from zipping footballs, riding bikes or scooters or congregating on Miramar Way.

Miramar is situated right off University Parkway about three miles east of Interstate 75. Half of the homes border the Legacy Golf Club. Miramar Way is the only road that runs through the 172-home neighborhood.

"The Board decided to temporarily rescind the rule until they can poll the entire community and get feedback from all of the residents as to a more acceptable rule," said Mat Wilson of AMI Advanced Management, the management company that oversees Miramar, in an email.

Jennifer Tobias, president of Miramar's homeowners' association, could not be reached for comment Friday.

The board last month approved a measure to ban kids from playing in the street, citing safety concerns. Some children had been putting ramps in the road to jump off with their bikes and skateboards, which impedes traffic, Wilson said.

Miramar homes don't have front yards, with much of the space taken up by driveways, sidewalks and bushes. Behind each building is a wide, grassy area, but at least one resident said she received an email from AMI in November stating that kids are dis

couraged from playing there, as it could disturb residents' privacy.

Resident Ansu Swanepoel, 47, is happy about the board's decision. She says residents obey the 19 mph speed limit and parents supervise their kids.

"There's no place for kids to play. They're not allowed to play on the other side of the houses because of the golf course. So where should these kids play? Should they stay in the house all day?" she said.

Resident Phillip Erickson, 85, doesn't have any children, but he's still concerned about neighborhood kids in the street.

"You never know when some kid is going to jump out at you," he said.

"I'm concerned about them being injured or killed even."

Sabrina Rocco, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7024. Follow @sabrinarocco on Twitter.

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