Sun City Center Gets Ordinance Restricting Age St. Petersburg Times (FL) (06/06/03) p.5B; Colavecchio-Van Sickler, Shannon
Hillsborough County, Fla., has become the second county in the nation to adopt an age-based zoning restriction, which requires all households in Sun City Center to have at least one resident who is 55 years old or up. Children under 19 can stay for no more than 30 days each year; but the county will make exceptions for deaths, illnesses, or other family crises. Residents living in the community before the June 5 county commission vote, moreover, are exempt from the rules. Sun City Center residents pushed for the ordinance to prevent real estate agents from selling homes without age covenants to young families, which would change the lifestyle of the retirement haven. All but about 48 of Sun City Center's 5,700 homes have deed restrictions stipulating the age requirement. The ordinance will create enforcement costs for the county, but those costs should decline as homeowners sign new age covenants. Maricopa County, Ariz., home of the retirement community Sun City West, is the only other U.S. county with age restrictions.