Miami’s most famous condo building created a $2.1m haunted house out of their lobby. The cosmetic reaction, for quite a few months, was to ignore the decorations, but this year, the vibe at The Standard Beach Tower increased, according to Iliana Ortega, a 35-year-old resident who lives just feet away. Ortega claims that upon checking out her home, she was contacted by the complex security and told to leave, after he was alerted by her father to her Halloween costume — a pair of sneakers and a dustbin to resemble the famous lady corpse.
“He said, you can’t wear a hoodie like this because I’ve been told this is a protest,” Ortega told local news station WPLG.
After an argument over the matter, she was told to take down the bloody rubbish or face having her front door broken down, or a ban on all her Halloween decorations, since that was against the rules.
FORT LAUDERDALE-MIAMI — A woman says she was ticketed for wearing a Halloween costume in her condo complex. But she says she is not being political. Miami resident Iliana Ortega was given a ticket and a warning letter by security after she took out cans of paint and put them on her front steps.
They weren’t Halloween costumes. She says they were colorful portraits she painted to decorate her home and grounds after her father died unexpectedly.
The ban prevented her from decorating the front of her home in typical Halloween costumes, for fear her home might be viewed as the main gathering point for many of her neighbors.
Ortega says she also tried to make decorations with fake blood, but couldn’t find black paint with the right color and the blood must have been too dark.
“It was a very sad situation for us, we just wanted to get through this crazy situation,” Ortega says.
The Standard Beach Tower manager says the condo board approves of Halloween decorations, but the general management must oversee the display of the decorations. In Ortega’s case, according to property manager Greg Rodriguez, she was merely getting creative and violated the Halloween decoration policy.
“We don’t like anything disrespectful,” Rodriguez says. “She painted a chair a blood red, [she] spray painted a chair red. It did not look like Halloween, it looked like blood.”
Ortega says she looked to have been acting within her right to decorate, and that the kitschy painted cans she put on her steps wouldn’t draw any attention to her.
“I’m very expressive and happy. This is my grieving process and I wanted to show it and I thought it was funny,” Ortega says.
The 32-year-old says she was fine with the mere possible of having her front door break down, but was determined to stay firm on not having a dressed-up prohibition.