xxxx live in Gainesville adjacent to but not in an HOA community and were being harassed by a member of an HOA, who is also a lawyer, who lived adjacent to their property (they are living on 60 acres). The lawyer was constantly calling the police complaining about gun shots.
The lawyer finally made so many complaints and threats against the county, police and anybody else he could think of that a formal investigation was launched by the County Attorney in conjunction with the Zoning Board.
I took decibel readings once at the edge of the individual's property, bordering the HOA property. The readings were far below the "objectionable" level. Then a zoning board rep came out and she and xxxx went to the lawyer's street and took readings, which were even lower.
The County issued it's findings yesterday, in a 7 page report.
Bottom line, the xxxx have broken no County ordinances and are completely within their rights to fire away!
This ruling has multiple implications since the wording in the county code is the same for two surrounding counties (it seems to have been written by the same company or person). Had the ruling gone against the xxxx it would have forced a land owner to obtain a special use permit if he wanted to set up any target for firearms, bow and arrow or just about anything that fired any projectile. This would have led to a court challenge and could have led to similar rulings in the surrounding counties.
Now, if the lawyer/HOA wants to challenge the ruling by the zoning board, the County Attorney is bound to defend it and has said he will defend the ruling.
Hopefully this will put an end to it all.