Judge: Florida couple’s ‘getaway’ tree house must come down
Holmes Beach, Florida couple ‘getaway’ tree house must come down after the Supreme court refuses to hear case
A Florida couple could not “outing” with the love of their tree house.
The Supreme court refused to take on Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen is the case, a decision that forces them to break down their elaborate two-story tree house on the beach “holiday.” The treehouse is built at their Holmes Beach on Florida’s Anna Maria Island. The couple brought the case before the Supreme court after a Florida court ruled they had a permit to build the house.
Ironically, to the couple to take of the tree house, they will also need to obtain a city permit, WTSP reported.
Tran and Hazen said they built the tree house in 2011 after city officials told them that they do not need a permit to build it. They have six months and $ 30,000 for the construction of the beach tree house complete with hammocks, work windows and a view of the Gulf of Mexico.
“It is hard to describe,” Tran told WTSP. “It brings out the inner child in you.”
The tree house took six months and $ 30,000 to build. It also has a view of the Gulf of Mexico.
However, someone complained about the structure, and after some digging, the city determined the couple had a permit to build. The tree house was also located in an area where the building is prohibited due to a city setback. The couple tried to take the fight to the local voters, but they were eventually stopped.
Tran and Hazen have paid thousands of dollars to keep the tree house from getting demolished, including the payment of a daily fine of $50. Their lawyer, David Levin, said his client’s rights were violated when a Florida court “rubber stamp” a decision proposed by Holmes Beach officials without any evidence of an independent assessment.
Tran previously told WTSP it would be “difficult to think about the possibility of the Supreme Court, not take their case, adding the couple “did nothing wrong.”
The likelihood of the Court of cassation where the treehouse event is slim to begin with. The judges only hear about 80 of the thousands of cases that are requested per year.
Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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