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12/30/2009 - Planters Not Allowed In Condo Hallways

I'm a big fan of plants and I like the the way they add a homey touch to the condo hallways.

Knowing that the condo docs prohibit plants, i.e. "Stairways, driveways, halls and all other portions of the common elements must, at all times, be kept free or obstruction. No garbage cans, supplies, or other articles shall be placed in the pathway, halls, stairways, walkway or parking areas.", I decided try to get the Condominium Board of Directors to make an exception to planters.

Unfortunately, in doing my homework, I found that having planters in the hallways is not in keeping with the Florida Fire Prevention Code. Specifically the code states the following;

14.4 Means of Egress Reliability.
14.4.1Means of egress shall be continuously maintained free of all obstructions or impediments to full instant use in the case of fire or other emergency. [101:]
14.4.2 Furnishings and Decorations in Means of Egress. No furnishings, decorations, or other objects shall obstruct exits, access thereto, egress therefrom, or visibility thereof. [101:]

So, as much as I like plants, I will not be able to have one by my door. Nor will any other condo residents. Sad.

Peter Schulz - Editor - Email C

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