Can You Charge Owners for Previously Free HOA Amenities? Discussion Forum Follow-Up

An reader writes: "We are an HOA in Florida since 1972. Last year, the board decided to charge a seasonal fee to use the pool. There had never been a charge before this. There was no vote or member discussion. Our covenants say the association can charge reasonable admission fees for recreational facilities situated on the common area. They also say we have the right of access and enjoyment of all common areas. We are locked out of the pool if we don't pay, swim or not. The covenants say dues and special assessments must be equal for all members. Is it legal to charge for a fee for something our dues more than cover as we run a surplus of 20 percent?" . . . (to read the remainder of this article, please log in below.)
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