Military family refused entry to neighborhood pool for 4th of July weekend


Two military veterans and their young daughters may be locked out of their neighborhood pool on Independence Day and they say their homeowners association is to blame.

Coming from the beaches of Hawaii, where they were stationed, to the Midwest was a huge adjustment for the Denker family. Their home before moving to this Indiana neighborhood was Hickam Air Force Base near Honolulu.  But the two veterans and their children are happy with their new community in Jeffersonville.

Judy Denker and her husband, Darren Denker were medically retired from the Air Force. Screenshot  from video
Judy Denker and her husband, Darren Denker were medically retired from the Air Force. Screenshot from video

Their two daughters, who are one and three years old, love the water. They were really looking forward to going to the pool over the holiday weekend.  So far, they have been locked out.

The Denkers say they stretched their budget, paying $1,800 a month to lease their new home, all because they were told they’d have full access to the subdivision pool.

“They gave us a key that said ‘pool key,'” Judy Denker said. But apparently when they showed up opening weekend, someone had changed the locks.  “I feel like they changed the locks because of us,” Denker said.

According to the Homeowners Association, the Denkers were not given access to the pool because the community rules state that pool access requires the “presence of an owner.” But when they signed those leasing documents, the Denkers thought they would be given those privileges, since the HOA fees are included in their monthly payment.

The president of the Homeowner association claimed that their entry was refused because he does not want to clean their "feces out of the pool"
The president of the Homeowner association claims that he does not want to clean their “feces out of the pool” and asked the reporter, “do you want to clean the feces out of the pool” Screenshot from video

The HOA members disagree, saying the rules are the rules. But the Denkers think they are being shut out for another reason.  Asked for his response to the family’s dilemma, one HOA member told Wave 3 News, “Do you want to clean the feces out of the pool, because that’s what I would have to do.”

The good news is the owner of the property is offering to cover any damages caused by the Denkers if the family is given full access to the pool.  No word yet what the HOA’s response is to that offer.

In the meantime, Judy and the girls can enter the pool as a homeowner’s guest, but only if that homeowner is there to supervise, the article said.

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