2019 Mar 19, 7:41pm
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A small town in the San Francisco Bay Area is apparently unamused by improvements that one of its high-profile residents has made to a distinctive property known as the Flintstone House.The town of Hillsborough, Calif., perhaps seeking to avoid becoming the next Bedrock, has sued its owner to force the removal of dinosaur statues, a sign reading “Yabba Dabba Doo” (the catchphrase of the animated television show’s prehistoric patriarch, Fred Flintstone) and other landscaping, according to a lawsuit filed last week in State Superior Court.Nestled in a hilly community of about 11,000 in San Mateo County, where homes routinely sell for millions, this particular residence, with its curving lines, red and purple domes, multicolored mushrooms and scattered animal statues, has long attracted attention from neighbors (no, not the Rubbles).One could even say it is “a page right out of history.”But at least in its current form, officials and some residents do not to want the home, which evokes the 1960s cartoon, in their backyard. A panel of code enforcement officials last fall declared many recent renovations to the home to be a public nuisance, according to a town order, and have asked a judge to do the same. The suit alleges that the homeowner did not secure the proper permits and approvals for the changes. ...The home’s owner, the retired media mogul Florence Fang — whose family once published The San Francisco Examiner and other newspapers — “will fight” to save it, her grandson Sean Fang said, according to a statement obtained by The Associated Press last week. ...After the hearing last October at which the home was declared a “public nuisance,” Ms. Fang was fined $200 for creating what officials called “a highly visible eyesore” that was “out of keeping with community standards,” according to the lawsuit. The suit alleges that Ms. Fang paid the citation fee, but has not met any of the other requirements of the town’s order. As a result, the town has sued to force her to comply.
I have driven by many times and absolutely love the place. The intolerance of a sense of humor probably comes from the same people who are offended by absolutely everything and demand restrictions on freedom of speech as well.
Today I think it would be Miami
there circa 1967 and on through the 80's.
Coulda been worse. The theme could have been "Michael Jackson's Butt Plug".
Patrick saysI have driven by many times and absolutely love the place. The intolerance of a sense of humor probably comes from the same people who are offended by absolutely everything and demand restrictions on freedom of speech as well.Never underestimate the tenacity of the gated-community liberals to protect their property values (i.e., clever implementation of "not-in-my-backyard" activism, etc.).
But this isn't a gated community.