BLM ban­ner can keep fly­ing

Sub­di­vi­sion as­so­ci­a­tion drops com­plaint against fam­ily, large lawn sign

Orlando Sentinel - - Local & State - BY STEPHEN HU­DAK

Don and Anna Ju­ravin, who vowed they would not stop fly­ing a “Black Lives Mat­ter” sign on the front lawn of their home in Bella Collina, won’t have to.

The south Lake County sub­di­vi­sion’s prop­erty own­ers as­so­ci­a­tion has dropped a com­plaint filed as part of a court case that re­quired the cou­ple to get ap­proval to put up any sign.

In a let­ter to the Ju­ravins’ lawyers, the as­so­ci­a­tion’s at­tor­ney Pa­trick C. How­ell said the com­mu­nity group is “sym­pa­thetic with the mes­sage your clients want to con­vey” and of­fered to let the cou­ple move their 13-by-four-foot lawn sign to a more prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion — in­side Bella Collina’s front gate — to be “proudly dis­played” un­til July 5.

Don Ju­ravin said he doubted the com­mu­nity man­agers’ sin­cer­ity and pre­ferred to keep his sign in his yard.

“If they want to ex­press their opin­ion, let them make their own,” he said.

Ju­ravin and the com­mu­nity’s man­agers have had a con­tentious his­tory with the two sides trad­ing law­suits and barbs against one an­other.

He and his wife paid $1.7 mil­lion in 2016 for their 6,893-square-foot home in Bella Collina, lo­cated on lake­view hills near Montverde.

But in 2017, the prop­erty own­ers as­so­ci­a­tion asked a judge to or­der Ju­ravin to stop post­ing “scur­rilous” mes­sages on lawn signs or a ve­hi­cle he parked at model homes.

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s rules for­bid most signs, though Ju­ravin has in­sisted they were se­lec­tively en­forced.

He had posted neg­a­tive re­views about Bella Collina on a web­site, call­ing it a “ghost town” and a “failed com­mu­nity” and ac­cus­ing de­vel­op­ers of deal­ing in bad faith.

The judge’s or­der re­quired the Ju­ravins to get the as­so­ci­a­tion’s OK be­fore putting up a sign on their prop­erty.

Af­ter the com­mu­nity’s lawyer made the judge aware of the new sign — and not­ing it was erected with­out con­sent — Anna Ju­ravin sub­mit­ted a let­ter seek­ing per­mis­sion.

In the re­quest, she said the sign was in­tended to show her fam­ily’s sup­port for peace­ful pro­test­ers, op­po­si­tion to racism and to help the cou­ple teach their three daugh­ters a “civics les­son on the im­por­tance of Amer­i­can val­ues, civil rights, so­cial change, and the im­por­tance of the right to par­tic­i­pate and protest.”

The let­ter said the sign was put up tem­po­rar­ily to co­in­cide with spon­ta­neous protests sparked by the po­lice killing of Ge­orge Floyd,

a black man, in Min­neapo­lis.

Floyd, 46, died May 25 dur­ing an ar­rest af­ter he was sus­pected of pass­ing a coun­ter­feit $20 bill. A white po­lice of­fi­cer knelt on his neck for eight min­utes and 46 sec­onds while Floyd was hand­cuffed and ly­ing face down on the pave­ment, beg­ging for his life and re­peat­edly say­ing “I can’t breathe.” Two other of­fi­cers also re­strained Floyd and a fourth pre­vented by­standers from in­ter­ven­ing.

All four have been fired and charged in Floyd’s death.

DON JU­RAVIN

Don and Anna Ju­ravin’s daugh­ters pose with a yard sign the cou­ple put in their yard in Bella Collina to teach their chil­dren about Amer­i­can val­ues, civil rights and the im­por­tance of par­tic­i­pat­ing and protest­ing.

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