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Grinch Not Happy: Florida Man Facing up to $1,000 Fine For Setting up Christmas Lights Too Early

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Christmas decoration - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.11.2021
Who would have thought that a desire to bring Christmas closer and spread a little of holiday spirit could end up being a punishable offense? Well, it turns out not everyone is in the mood yet for the winter holidays in the Sunshine State.
Florida resident Michael Moffa received a $1,000 fine notification from his homeowner's association for decorating his house for Christmas too early, WFLA reported on Friday.
According to the letter, the man violated his HOA agreement by installing Christmas lights, which is not allowed until Thanksgiving Day - that is the last Thursday in November.

“With the holidays and the pandemic, I think the kids wanted something that’s a little bit more bright to look at,” he explained.

Moffa even hired a company, as he couldn’t climb up on the roof of his house in Westchase, but all was in vain. Now, every day that goes by adds another $100 fine, unless the lights are removed.
“Right before Christmas, Merry Christmas to us,” he pointed out. “I mean, who could [be] a Grinch to send this out?”
Moffa proposed turning the lights off until Thanksgiving to settle the dispute and not pay the fine, but the association didn't agree. “So, we gotta take our lights down, which we are not going to do,” he said.
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