It was supposed to be a very special homecoming. After being in Iraq 15 months, SPC Lauren Boitet was going to see her family.
"I'm just glad to be home," says SPC Lauren Boitet.
The family was rolling out the red carpet, so to speak, but the homecoming was dampened by the homeowner association rules.
"They removed the welcome home signs and balloons and flags," says Natalie Boitet.
Boitet says when they tried to recover the signs it turned into a confrontation with the association manager.
The Boitet family says the signs could have stayed up for a couple of hours. They say in the past the association had ignored other signs.
"There have been signs for birthdays and parties and they've never taken them down," says Dyan Boitet.
Boitet says there has to be exceptions to the rules.
Alan Williams is President of the Pace Island Homeowners Association. He said the problem is the signs and where they were located. Williams says flags are exempt from HOA rules.
Williams says the signs were in common areas and a resident complained that they could be viewed as political and supporting the war. Williams says that's why the signs were removed.
The association president says there are exceptions.
Williams says any resident can pick up the phone and call any board member for prior approval.
Williams says that did not happen.
Dyan Boitet says he will propose changes to the association rules at its next meeting.
Reason why I'll always own my own land and housing. I will never have some neighbor tell me what I can or can't do with my house or land. If you live under a HOA, it's your own damn fault.