Some residents of Vista Aliso, an ocean-view senior housing complex in South Laguna, fear they are about to lose their little Shangri-La — and the ability to spend long hours in their gardens.
House rules limiting the number of potted plants and outdoor furnishings will be enforced Oct. 1, according to Manager Nicole Bacon. The 70-unit complex next to Lang Park is reserved for low-income seniors ages 62 and older.
The rules call for two chairs, a small table and two potted plants.
Some residents have significantly more than that and will have to tear down wrought-iron fences, take out arbors, remove vegetable plantings and roses. Outdoor couches and large tables will have to go, too. Satellite dishes are also on the chopping block, and no plants may be placed near doorways or stairways.
The rules are not new, according to Bacon, who joined the organization in January.
"The rules were not enforced by a previous manager, and now people are upset and some are rebelling," she said. She issued a memo to the tenants Aug. 31, outlining the new policy and stating that it will be "strictly enforced."