Neighbor at East Naples community told to take Christmas lights down

Published: November 15, 2019 10:55 PM EST
Updated: November 15, 2019 11:27 PM EST

We looked into whether a Grinch was stealing a neighbor’s Christmas in Collier County. She says the lights she has up on her home for the holidays make her happy. But her landlord said they have to go.

A woman at the Crown Pointe neighborhood in East Naples is being told by her homeowner’s association to take her Christmas lights down from her home, since it’s too early per the HOA policy.

The neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous told us she didn’t think she did anything wrong. She said her son surprised her by putting the lights up on her home, since they love the holidays.

The HOA board told her she needed to unplug her lights, and the news became a hot topic among neighbors online.

“Rules are rules,” neighbor Karen Brock said.

The HOA said it has a reason for its rule that bans putting up Christmas lights until three weeks ahead of the holiday.

“It’s just the way that it is I guess to get the uniform appearance,” Brock said.

But some families still wish they could celebrate for a little bit longer. Neighborhoods next-door to Crown Pointe are already getting into the holiday spirit.

The woman told us she will keep her lights up and hopes she can come to an agreement with the HOA. But she said she will likely get written up by the HOA and may have to pay a fine.