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Old 10-13-2010, 09:56 AM   #1
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Airstreams not good enough for NY snobs

Follow this link and decide for yourself... Asharoken Residents Request Trailer Ordinance Review - Northport, NY Patch

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Old 10-13-2010, 11:48 AM   #2
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:56 AM   #3
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I'd be fine with the regulation if it didn't allow boats, work trailers, etc. while disallowing travel trailers. If it's an aesthetic issue, outlaw them all. If it's a concern about someone LIVING in a trailer in their precious village, pass a regulation that states that.
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:59 AM   #4
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My favorite quote from the article:

Mayor Irving said that public safety is an issue, as well, particularly during storms.
Them there Airstreams might get picked up and blown away!!! Got to think of the children! (And teach them that boats are OK lawn ornaments, not campers...)

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Old 10-13-2010, 12:21 PM   #5
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From the New York Times

"not to be associated with shabby surroundings"

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Old 10-13-2010, 12:55 PM   #6
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My town did something similar a few months ago. The new law stated no recreational trailers/recreational vehicles could be parked along a street for more than 24 hours. I know they were aiming that law at me as I park my AS out front of my house when I am getting ready for trips and working on it(which is most of the summer). Now all the RV's in town are parked in everyones yards. Everyones junk cars are still parked on the streets.

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Old 10-13-2010, 01:04 PM   #7
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The trailer owner should put pontoons on it and register it as a boat.


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Old 10-13-2010, 02:19 PM   #8
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But i won !!!

I have battled "The Lakewood Forest Fund" for years. Following are two pieces of my correspondence concerning my Airstream which are the "meat" of the matter:

From: withidl
Sent:Thursday, September 25, 20035:37 PM
Subject:FURTHER REPLY - Account #0912025 - Trailers stored in
Backyard; ACC (Architectural Control Committee) approval is necessary

This e-mail is in response to your subject letter dated September 24, 2003 wherein you state: "The ACC has disapproved your request due to the height of your large trailer".

You letter completely ignores whether the travel trailer is "OBSCURED FROM GENERAL VIEW" and peripherally invokes "HEIGHT" as a declination rationale. Additionally, your letter completely ignores approval of my utility trailer which is completely "OBSCURED FROM GENERAL VIEW".

I require the ACC's PRECISE "LEGAL" definition of "GENERAL VIEW" contained within item #7 of my deed restrictions (the dictionary defines "GENERAL" in part as: "of, for, or from the whole or all; not particular or specialized, not precise; vague; without specific details).

Item #7 makes no reference to the "HEIGHT" of a travel trailer (they, and all motor homes are by definition "HIGH"), but DOES state that (a HIGH) one CAN be parked on a lot if "OBSCURED FROM GENERAL VIEW”, which again, REQUIRES the ACC's PRECISE "LEGAL" definition of "GENERAL VIEW".

I require the ACC's definition of "SCREENING" or "FENCING" as used within item #7 of the deed restrictions. Please SPECIFICALLY state what screening the item #7 deed restrictions require to make a HIGH travel trailer be "OBSCURED FROM GENERAL VIEW".

I require from the ACC the percentage, square footage, etc. of a travel trailer which can be IN "GENERAL VIEW", as being "OBSCURED FROM GENERAL VIEW" implies that some of the trailer can be IN "GENERAL VIEW", or is there something I (or the Fund) doesn't understand about "General View". If the travel trailer must be completely/entirely obscured from view, than item #7 should read OBSCURED FROM "ENTIRE" OR "SPECIFIC" VIEW, not "GENERAL VIEW"!

As I stated in my first letter to you, I have stored the travel trailer in it's present position for the last 2 1/4 years without the Fund becoming aware of it. If it had been WITHIN "GENERAL VIEW" I would surely think the Fund would have noticed it long, long, long ago; or are the Funds "drive through inspection(s) of section 9" only conducted every 2 1/4 years?

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT - I require the Fund's LEGAL clarification of the above because the Lakewood Forest Fund has in the past attempted to intimidate me into replacing my roof by MIS-using the "NUISANCES" clause of the deed restrictions to ILLEGALLY address perceived maintenance matters. You'll find in your files much communication on the matter. I sat in on your board's meeting of April 3, 2001, because of the roof matter, and heard your Treasurer, Kenneth A. Harlan, state that: "The Lakewood Forest Fund had no legal leverage to correct another home owners complaint about a neighbors cesspool, furniture piled in the back yard, dead vines growing on the outside of the home, etc.". He further stated that "in the matters taken to court the judge ruled against the Fund due to the deed restrictions not addressing maintenance matters". EVEN THOUGH THE COURTS HAD RULED AGAINST THE FUND, THE FUND WAS STILL TRYING TO INTIMIDATE ME INTO REPLACING MY ROOF BASIS THE NUISANCES CLAUSE. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!!! In a subsequent phone call to me from Michael Gainer, your fund lawyer, on April 4, 2001, he tried to persuade, cajole, etc. me into chemically treating my roof to make it more presentable. I told him not to send me any more threatening letters, just send me a court date. That ended the matter (the roof has since been replaced at a cost of $17,000 basis an insurance claim for hail damage, not basis the Fund's intimidation).

I perceive that the above declination of approval basis "height" is just more of the same tactic as used with my roof. My deed restrictions specifically state that I CAN HAVE A HOUSE TRAILER ON MY LOT IF OBSCURED FROM GENERAL VIEW, "HEIGHT" is not a part of that equation! LET ME REPEAT, "HEIGHT" IS NOT A PART OF THAT EQUATION!

NOW HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE without getting in a legal hassle, which I am more than prepared to do???


February 4, 2004
Mr. withidl
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Re: ACC visit to your property, January 23, 2004.

Dear Mr. withidl
The ACC report of the referenced visit was presented to the Fund's Board of Trustees at our regular monthly meeting of February 2, 2004.

The consensus of the Board was that your parking place of the trailer shown to the ACC during this visit—in the back yard, backed into the space between two wings of the house—meets the requirement of the Section 9 Deed Restriction by obscuring the trailer from general view. In the interests of neighborhood harmony, we also request that you plant some shrubbery inside your side fence in the vicinity of the play structure. This will serve to preclude any future complaints.

As we have asked other trailer owners in your section, please note the limitation on parking of these vehicles in any street or drive way specified in paragraph 7 of your Section 9 Deed Restriction.

Thank you for your cooperation in resolving this matter.



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Old 10-13-2010, 04:17 PM   #9
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Things like this kick my general contempt for civilization into overdrive. Could you imagine something like this going on in Texas in the 1900's? Lol, someone would have shot those fools.

In any event way to hang in there.
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:44 PM   #10
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i wish these people who are fighting the trailer would use their energy to accomplish the more serious issues that need to be addressed in most other neighborhoods, like reducing crime ,etc.

the fact that they have nothing better to do with themselves, and that they can afford to and do waste their time on this sh*t, makes me embarrassed for them.

Tutor a child, become a mentor, volunteer at a shelter, do something PRODUCTIVE.
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:58 PM   #11
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Stupid is as stupid does. Let's re-elect these people.

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Old 10-13-2010, 06:49 PM   #12
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i live in queens nyc, i dont think anyone has ever seen an airstream in there life , i live i a co-op and the streets are busy very busy my airstream has been in the same localtion for 4 months now i drive around the block eveny monday for the street sweepers to clean. some drive by and point many ask to look inside and dream and wish thay had. many call the police and 311 to try to have it removed. even the local gangs seem to admire it and never tag it up. most are supprised that the city laws alow it to remain on my street. i love it i can exscape to my pod and feel like im lost in the woods away from everything. i hope nyc never changes the laws.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:41 PM   #13
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Things like this kick my general contempt for civilization into overdrive. Could you imagine something like this going on in Texas in the 1900's? Lol, someone would have shot those fools.

In any event way to hang in there.
Thanks! To quote Shakespear (don't know what play) "I don't suffer fools kindly"
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Thanks! To quote Shakespear (don't know what play) "I don't suffer fools kindly"
Actually that's paraphrased from the bible. 2 Corinthians ch 11 v 19 "For you suffer fools gladly, seeing yourself as wise." So you're quoting the apostle Paul, not the bard.

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