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BOCA RATON, FL ( — There is growing concern in South Palm Beach County that families currently living in New York, New Jersey and other areas with continued COVID restrictions are planning extended stays in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach — and will bring COVID-19 with them. has learned that scores of families on Long Island and in other northeastern locations are posting to blogs, social media and other online services seeking rentals in some of the larger country clubs, HOA’s and other communities in Palm Beach County. Among them: Woodfield, Polo Club, Seven Bridges, The Bridges, Dakota, Woodfield Hunt Club, Broken Sound and more. The constant request: a home for a few months so children can continue to learn remotely in their New York schools while living in Florida. The New Yorkers are seeking to use pools, gyms and amenities in communities where they plan to rent.

But as reported over the past week, many area communities are banning visitors, guests, and even renters from using facilities. Polo Club in Boca Raton and Delaire in Delray Beach are being credited for instituting strict rules prohibiting anyone who doesn’t own a home — and live in that home — from using facilities. Other communities either have similar rules or are in the process of instituting similar rules as the holiday season gets underway. Palm Beach County continues to report near record COVID-19 infection and death rates.

“We can make life very unpleasant for renters and guests who come to our community,” said a homeowner in a South Palm Beach County large gated development. “Gyms and pools are off limits. Access to other facilities are off limits. We will ensure everyone knows who lives here and who doesn’t.”

“We can make life very unpleasant for renters and guests who come to our community,” said a homeowner in a South Palm Beach County large gated development. “Gyms and pools are off limits. Access to other facilities are off limits. We will ensure everyone knows who lives here and who doesn’t.”

“I can’t be more clear,” said one area country club board member, “we don’t want guests. We don’t want renters. We don’t want people who don’t own a home here and live here all year from using our facilities. We have a responsibitly to keep our homeowners safe. That’s not going to happen if we’re overrun by guests who then bring other guests. We will ban them all from pools, gyms, tennis courts. Our message to people who think they’re coming here fo the holidays: don’t. Just stay home this year.”

Multiple communities have suggested to that they intend to strictly enforce guest rules starting in early November, closely monitoring the license plates of cars in driveways.

“If there are cars in driveways that don’t match the house for more than a few days, we’re going to run license plates and look into what’s going on,” said a board member from a Boca Raton gated community. “Our priority is the people who live here, not people who want to come for a few months. For those people, we suggest staying at a hotel far away from Boca’s residential areas.”

Polo Club sent a lengthy email to homeowners last week. In the email, obtained by, community leadership says the crackdown on guests and family members not living in the home (vertical family members) is strict and serious.

“Effective immediately,” wrote Polo Club leadership, “we are prohibiting any and all vertical family members from using all Club facilities until further notice. This includes any dining facility, the golf courses, or the tennis courts. This prohibition extends to the Clubhouse and common areas around the Club, such as the Family Resort Complex (including the pool and Barefoot Café) and the outdoor seating areas behind American Bistro and the Ladies Card Room.”

That led one Polo Club homeowner to send us his reaction.

“Respectfully, we are a nation of choices. Once you take freedoms away it will get worse. We immigrated from a socialist country for the freedoms this great country offers us.”

Delaire, a country club in Delray Beach, sent a similarly worded COVID guide to its homeowners and members. You can read that guide here.

HOA’s have a unique ability to fine and take legal action against homeowners who don’t comply with rules, even if those rules are not in effect outside of the community’s gates.

The crackdown comes as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo himself announced strict new rules for people visiting New York. Effective November 4th, all visitors to New York must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was administered no more than three days before traveling to the state.

Last week, Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner, and other Palm Beach County officials, said the only thing they can do at this point is encourage people to wear masks. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has stripped local governments of the ability to fine or take other action against individuals who refuse to comply with local, state or CDC guidelines.

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