I live on Northshore Drive and was involved with the lawsuit to stop a neighbor from renting their house on a nightly basis.
Our Bill of Assurance clearly stated that there was specifically not to be any commercial activity nor was there to be any hotels, motels, tourist courts, garage apartments, apartments, etc. None of the lots could be used or occupied for other than residential purposes. Additionally, it prohibited anything that might be a nuisance.
The local court heard the clear evidence and ruled in our favor, but the Supreme Court overturned their decision clearly disregarding the language in our Bill of Assurance. We now have three nightly rental properties in our neighborhood, and they are disruptive.
When we purchased our retirement home in 2014, we would never have bought it knowing that a nightly rental commercial activity would be in the neighborhood. Would you buy a home where the neighbor is a constantly changing group of characters with their own style of a fun-filled vacation stay? I don't think so!
Isn't it funny?
The government can ban menthols. Make the minimum age 21 to buy cigarettes. But can't ban an AR-15, or make the minimum age 21 to buy one ... some people's kids.
Facts and vodka
Over the last several years we have heard about "facts" and "alternative facts." Since the time of Plato and Aristotle, humans have struggled with the difference between appearance and reality. Aristotle gave us the modern term of "essence," defined as "a property or group of properties of something without which it would not exist or be what it is."
We all know the properties of water: it is H2O and that is all it is. Anything more or less is not water. Vodka basically looks like water when the two are placed side by side, but vodka is not H2O. Facts are facts. Alternative facts are not facts. I think they are more like vodka.