Topic

property rights

26 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Jim Colligan, Gary Gerth, Bob DeStefano, Paul Shepherd, Al Dickson, dottie ogar, amber brach williams

Support Shelter Island's Short Term Rentals, and PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS!

Please sign our petition and allow short term rentals to continue on Shelter Island, a time honored tradition dating back to the 1870's. PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS! We are facing a Town Board that wishes to regulate/eliminate short term rentals, who would discriminate against families with a required two week minimum, CRUSHING our local seasonal economy. TOURISM IS THE ONLY INDUSTRY FOR TINY SHELTER ISLAND! One week rentals, and weekend rentals, are a time honored standard on the island, and have been for over a century. A two week minimum rental violates the US Federal Fair Housing Act, as well as the New York State Division of Human Rights Fair Housing Act. Will you raise your voice with us? Don't allow housing discrimination!  It's unlawful and mean-spirited. Don't allow your property rights to be compromised! This law will negatively impact our seasonal businesses and our community. Are you an island business owner? A two week minimum will reduce your summer revenue by 50% - that's ECONOMIC SUICIDE! We don't want over regulation - we want Shelter Island to enforce present laws on the books. Please donate $100 to our legal fund (helps with our legal fees and filing costs with Robinson & Cole). We have filed in both state and federal court with serious human rights and housing rights charges. Suits have also been filed in Riverhead, Southold, Greenport, Hampton Bays, and East Hampton. You may now donate visibly or anonymously to support short term rentals on Shelter Island: Please send your check to Michelle D'arcambal, DOCB, 40 Fulton Street, Suite 1005, New York, NY 10038  #saveshelterisland

Shelter Island Residents and Supporters for Short Term Rentals
931 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Billy Long

STOP BNSF EXPANSION 417!

BNSF is threatening expansion of their rail line through a highly populated residential area on Pearson Creek in Springfield, Missouri.  Not only will many property owners be affected directly by losing ownership and use of their property, the environmental impact will be devastating to the local ecology.  In addition, the increased volume of train traffic is a safety concern to the HUNDREDS who use Farm Road 193 as a safe walking trail for their families.  BNSF's plan is to build a 10,000 foot second line around the Pearson Creek Loop, in order to create a passing track to accommodate a massive increase in train traffic; thereby creating a rail station in an established residential area.  Many property owners stand to lose hundreds of feet and several acres of their property and safe access to their homes.  The planned construction will take several years and will cause the removal of thousands of trees that create a sight and sound buffer to the existing track, causing irreparable property damage.  The construction will also have direct impact on the drainage into Pearson Creek, (a James River tributary), an area that is already at risk for water quality and flooding concerns. This is a LOCAL example of BIG business bullying private citizens for corporate greed.  This track expansion will be devastating for our friends and neighbors, with the only benefactor being BNSF's bottom line.  BNSF is misleading and bullying your neighbors through intimidation and fear, purporting that no one has any choice other than to submit to their will.        This affects residents in east Springfield, specifically the neighborhoods of Emerald Park, Copper Mill, and all of the residents on or around Farm Road 193 and Pearson Creek.  If you live in or near this area, Please SIGN AND SHARE.   If this doesn't impact you directly, you can still make your voice heard in support of your friends and neighbors.   Please sign and share ANYWAY!  We need your help.   "TELL BNSF NO!!!!" to destroying our beautiful neighborhood!  We hope this petition will serve as our VOICE.  Please help us!

STOP BNSF 417!
19 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio, Clay Ingram, Frank White, Jayer Williamson, Mel Ponder, Brad Drake, Jay Trumbull, Halsey Beshears, Ramon Alexander, Loranne Ausley, Elizabeth Porter, Cord Byrd, Clay Yarborough, Tracie Davis, Kimberly Daniels, Jay Fant, Jason Fischer, Cyndi Stevenson, W. Travis Cummings, Bobby Payne, Clovis Watson, Charles Clemons, Charlie Stone, Stan McClain, Paul Renner, Thomas Leek, Patrick Henry, David Santiago, Jason Brodeur, Robert Cortes, Scott Plakon, Jennifer Sullivan, Ralph Massullo, Blaise Ingoglia, Amber Mariano, Richard Corcoran, Daniel Burgess, Josie Tomkow, Colleen Burton, Sam Killebrew, Mike La Rosa, John Cortes, Robert Olszewski, Kamia Brown, Bruce Antone, Mike Miller, Amy Mercado, Carlos Smith, Rene Plasencia, Tom Goodson, Thad Altman, Randy Fine, Erin Grall, Cary Pigman, Ben Albritton, Jake Raburn, Lawrence McClure, Ross Spano, Jackie Toledo, Sean Shaw, Janet Cruz, Shawn Harrison, James Grant, Chris Sprowls, Larry Ahern, Jack Latvala, Ben Diamond, Peters, Kathleen Peters, Wengay Newton, Jim Boyd, Margaret Good, Joe Gruters, Julio Gonzalez, Michael Grant, Ray Rodrigues, Dane Eagle, Heather Fitzenhagen, Matt Caldwell, Byron Donalds, Joseph Abruzzo, MaryLynn Magar, Gayle Harrell, Larry Lee, Rick Roth, Matt Willhite, David Silvers, Al Jacquet, Bill Hager, Emily Slosberg, Patricia Hawkins-Williams, George Moraitis, Bobby DuBose, Barrington Russell, Kristin Jacobs, Jared Moskowitz, Katie Edwards-Walpole, Evan Jenne, Joseph Geller, Shevrin Jones, Sharon Pritchett, Manny Diaz, Richard Stark, Carlos Trujillo, Bob Rommel, Barbara Watson, Roy Hardemon, Cynthia Stafford, Jose Oliva, Bryan Avila, Nicholas Duran, David Richardson, Javier Fernández, Michael Bileca, Daniel Perez, Kionne McGhee, Robert Asencio, Jeanette Nunez, Holly Raschein, Joe Negron, Wilton Simpson, Oscar Braynon, Dennis Baxley, Aaron Bean, Lizbeth Benacquisto, Lori Berman, Lauren Book, Randolph Bracy, Rob Bradley, Jeff Brandes, Doug Broxson, Daphne Campbell, Gary Farmer, Anitere Flores, George Gainer, Bill Galvano, Rene Garcia, Audrey Gibson, Denise Grimsley, Dorothy Hukill, Travis Hutson, Tom Lee, Debbie Mayfield, Bill Montford, Kathleen Passidomo, Keith Perry, Bobby Powell, Kevin Rader, Jose Rodriguez, Darryl Rouson, David Simmons, Kelli Stargel, Greg Steube, Linda Stewart, Annette Taddeo, Perry Thurston, Victor Torres, Dana Young

Help protect freedom of speech and property rights of Florida residents!

Many Florida residents do not have freedom of speech and are subject to taxation (dues) without representation! There are many communities throughout Florida and other states across America that require you belong to a club if you purchase a residence in that community. On the surface that doesn't seem so horrible. Let me explain why it is a nightmare for so many Florida residents and how we can easily fix the problem with a very simple law.  While I describe the problem for Florida residents, this petition is asking for both a Florida law and a Federal law to be passed to protect Americans first Amendment rights.  Years ago the state of Florida recognized homeowners were having serious trouble with overreaching homeowners associations. The state, quite reasonably, passed many laws to protect homeowners from some of the unfair and often outrageous behavior inflicted upon homeowners by these associations. Unfortunately, some people found a way around these protective laws by making membership with the club in the community mandatory and then satisfying all of their desires which had been thwarted by the above mentioned laws. Private clubs are not subject to those protective laws and to make matters even worse, the  Florida courts do not want to get involved in private club disputes-even if that club takes away your first amendment right to freedom of speech. See a case from my club: Shumrak v. Broken Sound Club, Inc., 898 So.2d 1018 (Fla.Dist.Ct.App. 2005) (You can just Google "Shumrak v. Broken Sound Club")  Because these clubs answer to no one, here is an example from my club that I believe will astound you. Some members have five votes while other members may have one, two or three. You won't be surprised to hear that the group with five votes has control of the board, makes all the rules, decides how all the money is spent and refuses to give an adequate accounting. This board decided their membership class deserved a brand new clubhouse that the rest of the members could not use. Of course the majority of the members were against this! But the general membership was not allowed to vote on the matter! We were told that their membership class would be responsible for paying for their private club within a club so we didn't have a say in what they did. They built their 9 Million Dollar play house and then transferred the debt to the rest of us! These board members passed this bylaw, "Any member or family member or guest of such member whose conduct shall be deemed by the appropriate committee to be improper, or likely to endanger the welfare, safety, harmony, or good reputation of the Club or its members, may be reprimanded, fined,or suspended from the Club by action of the Board of Governors.The Board of Governors shall be the sole judge of what constitutes improper conduct or conduct likely to endanger the welfare, safety, harmony or good reputation of the Club or its members."  So basically the Board of Governors can do anything they like and if you speak out against it, or try to organize your community to fight an injustice, the people you are fighting against, the ones you think have behaved unethically can retaliate against you with impunity. They are the masters, judge, jury and administrators of punishments. This is a state wide problem and by no means limited to my community. The proof of how bad things have gotten can be found by comparing property values of homes with mandatory unregulated club membership to either homes without clubs or homes where club membership is voluntary. Mandatory membership club home prices are substantially lower and take quite a bit longer to sell. In fact, many homes have gone into foreclosure. When membership became mandatory dues went up tremendously. Some could not afford to stay, but could no longer sell their home for enough money to pay the mortgage.  All of this madness can easily be stopped! The same rationale that caused the Florida legislature to pass all of the rules regulating homeowner associations applies to clubs that home owners are forced to join!  Ask our state legislators to protect our first amendment rights, to preserve our property values and restore our peace of mind.  Ask our Federal representatives to pass a law simply stating if mandatory membership in a club runs with real property, the club is prohibited from infringing on Federal rights. Please sign the petition and pass it along via email and social media.  

Donna Cobe
135 supporters