Today I received comment from the attorney representing the HOA, Geoffrey D. Westmoreland, who respectfully requested "in the interest of balanced journalism," that I print the following press release:
This press release is in regards to the current dispute and controversy involving the Gardens of Southgate Association, Inc. (the "Association"), and Timothy D. Burr and Jodi M. Burr, who are residents in the Gardens of Southgate Subdivision, which involves a sign in their front yard.
The Board of Directors for the Association and the On-Site Committee for the Association will not comment on the facts, details or legal issues in the above referenced dispute, as that matter is currently pending.
However, the following is for the public record, and should be considered by those concerned about this dispute:
The Board of Directors of the Association, the On-Site Committee of the Association (which is the committee that addresses covenant enforcement), and all the officers thereof, support and agree with the message contained in the sign that has been placed in the Burrs' front yard. Geoffrey D. Wesmoreland, attorney for the Association, also personally supports and agrees with the message contained in the Burrs' sign.
The Board of Directors of the Association, the On-Site Committee of the Association, all of the officers thereof, and their attorney support and are extremely thankful for the service that the Burrs are providing to our country, and for the service that their son, Corey Burr, is providing for our country. The above mentioned also support and are extremely thankful for the service that all of our men and women in the United States military, and their families, are providing for our country.
The message and content of the sign located in the Burrs front yard has nothing to do with the current legal dispute involving that sign. The Board and the On-Site Committee of the Association again reiterate that they support and are in agreement with the message contained within the sign that has been erected by the Burrs.
The release is signed by Geoffrey D. Westmoreland. As he requested, I'm printing his release in its entirety.
Mr. Westmoreland, in his email to me, explains that he and his client believe that the Burrs have "been inaccurate in their alleged facts involving the HOA's consistent enforcement of the covenants, and that the Burrs' legal position in this matter is very weak."
The Burrs may want to get their hands on that KTBS tape of their story because the cameraman shot video of several signs in the neighborhood for the story.
In response to the press release, Mrs. Burr expressed appreciation for their support of the military but wondered "why they have not had a problem with the other signs" in her yard for the past four years.
There were lots of interesting comments in the original post including one from a resident in the subdivision, and one from Sharon McCullar who was quoted in the original piece. It seems there is no consensus.
As of today, the sign still stands.