A judge for the Mahoning County Court of Pleas has ruled in favor of Boardman Trustees that claimed pool parties at a Boardman home violated the city's zoning policies.

Judge R. Scott Krichbaum, who made the decision Monday, ruled that the property is zoned as residential and therefore is prohibited to participate in commercial practices. 

This includes renting out the home's pool for parties.

According to a  a 135-page document of complaints filed by the trustees, it's reported that the house is being rented out as an AirBnB of sorts, to host the parties.

The homeowner charges:

$525 dollars to rent the house for four hours, $725 for eight hours, and $925 for a full day.

The complaint states that because the owners have been renting out the pool, it has created a public nuisance for the community due to the noise and lights generated by the people attending the party. Traffic had also become an issue in the area due to the parties.

The judge also ruled that the usage of the pool as a rental constituted a public nuisance as it involved the neighbors entitlement to the quiet and peace of the residential neighborhood.

On several occasions the defendants, Michelle Firman, Taylor Moore, and Malcolm Carter advertised pool parties at their home with admissions at varying price points. This was typically based on the number of people, the hours operation and the amenities provided.

Most recently, the house hosted a party on July 1 called "FREAKNIK2K23" Pool Party," where the renters/promoters of the event invited the public to attend for $30 per person. 

In their brief, the defendants claimed that since the city allowed short term rentals like AirBnB but sought to prohibit the rental of the pool or backyard, this was an equal rights case.

However, this claim has been denied by the judge on the basis of lack of merit. 

The judge has ruled that the property owner is prohibited from any future advertising, organizing, promoting, hosting or permitting any social gatherings.