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Lakewood Ranch HOA says no playing in the street

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - There's only one street in the Miramar at the Country Club neighborhood in Lakewood Ranch. So after school, Miramar Way often becomes a playground for children riding bikes and roller skating.

The lawns are minuscule, and there's a sidewalk on only one side of the street. Parents they supervise to keep kids safe, but the only way kids can play is to use the street.

"They're just out here tossing a football around or sitting, but they're ok," he said. "They're not loud ... They're mindful."

But some residents here say the street is no place for kids to play.

Jackie Vogel says every time she drives through the gate, she has to slow down and look for children. She worries someone will hit a child playing in the street.

"You have blind spots, cars parked where they're not supposed to be, sometimes in the street. that could block a child, say that's small," Vogel said. "There's just so many things that could go wrong."

The homeowner's association last week decided to put a stop to the play. The HOA passed a new bylaw that prohibits kids from playing on Miramar Way. The HOA says the street is windy, narrow and drivers speed. They say they passed the rule to keep kids safe.

"There's plenty of grass, extended back lawns cause there's no fences between them, it's all extended, so why take a chance on a kid getting hit playing in the street?."

The HOA has not yet decided what the penalty will be.

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