Nov 23, 2021 - News

The Great Westchase Christmas Lights Scandal

A Christmas tree with a clock in the star on top.

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A couple in Tampa's Westchase neighborhood has sparked a Christmas national firestorm by putting up lights before Thanksgiving.

  • That violation of their HOA rules could lead to fines of $100 a day, up to $1,000.

What's happening: Per Fox13, the Moffa family hired professionals to decorate their house this year and the company got a bit of a head start.

  • Then, on Nov. 8, a notice came from the Westchase Community Association saying the lights were in violation of a rule that holiday decorations aren't allowed to go up until Thanksgiving Day.
  • "Right before Christmas," Michael Moffa told WFLA. "Who could be a grinch and hand this out?"

The big picture: Even though the family hasn't been fined β€” that requires a vote β€” Chelsea Moffa's Facebook post went viral.

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