A Proposed Memorial; A Major Headache to Homeowners in Proximity


I do NOT know how one could not be sympathetic to the homeowners living in the area near the proposed memorial to Caylee Anthony. George Garrido, commenting in the Orlando Sentinel, has dealt with gawkers and traffic long enough as a result of the highly publicized Caylee Anthony trial.

This sort of reminds me of how our nation’s highways are becoming cluttered with memorials to drunk teenagers who died in car accidents as a result of driving while intoxicated. These kids were needy before they died and continue to be needy after their fatal car wreck reminding passing motorists they were not responsible drivers. Maybe the parents of teenagers who kill others while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol should be charged with manslaughter?

I do understand how hard it is to rear a child properly these days and some parents have nervous breakdowns in the process, but somebody has to be held accountable when drunk drivers kill law abiding citizens. 


HOA Issues Complaint Over Caylee Memorial

Some homeowners who live near the proposed memorial to Caylee Anthony met on Monday to discuss the project.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, a group of homeowners living near Suburban Drive want the group proposing to build a memorial sculpture garden for Caylee and missing children where Caylee’s remains were found.

The homeowners said the group, Bring Kids Home, is accepting donations, but they don’t yet own the land or have approval to build any memorial on the site.

“We want the traffic to stop and it will only get worse with a memorial site,” said neighbor George Garrido.

Since the start of the Casey Anthony saga, Garrido said he has lived with traffic, tourists, memorials and brawls.

“There were fights. It’s out of hand,” said Garrido.

The 127 residents of the Chickasaw Oaks Homeowner’s Association want their peace and quiet back. “Residents have raised concerns,” said HOA President Bill Fulton.

Neighbors are upset that the group is selling memorial bricks for a project to be built on land they don’t own. It’s currently zoned for residential use.

“I don’t understand the want for the memorial. I think whoever is behind this group is trying to scam the public,” said Garrido.

The HOA’s attorney is asking the state attorney general and sheriff’s office to investigate where the money is going and if the group is legit.

“It does raise some concerns,” said attorney Karen Wonsetler.

“If it doesn’t get built, they get 100 percent refund,” said local Bring Kids Home organizer, Eddie DelValle. “We want to hear their side, but we want them to hear our side. We don’t want speculation or conspiracy theories going out there,”

DelValle said neighbors have no reason to be worried. DelValle said before the group buys the land, leaders hope to get financial support from other nonprofit groups to make the memorial for missing kids a reality.

“We want to start here, but if it’s not built here, it will be somewhere else,” DelValle said.

Bring Kids Home said they’re registered with the state to collect donations, and right now are only looking for corporate funds. They group said it’s in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service. If the memorial is built in East Orange County, the group plans to have specific park hours to cut down on around-the-clock traffic.