And finally… Yabba dabba phew
The owner of a San Francisco property modelled on the house of The Flintstones has won a legal battle to keep her “eyesore” life-sized sculptures in the garden.
In a dispute that pitted property rights against government rules, retired publishing mogul Florence Fang defended her colourful, bulbous-shaped house and its elaborate homage which featured Stone Age sculptures inspired by the 1960s cartoon, along with aliens and other oddities.
The town of Hillborough, however, called the towering dinosaurs and life-size sculptures “a highly visible eyesore” and sued Fang, alleging she violated local codes when she put dinosaur sculptures in the back garden and made other landscaping changes that caused local officials to declare it a public nuisance.
An attorney for the town previously said residents are required to get a permit before installing such sculptures, regardless of the theme.
Hillsborough went to court in 2019 after Fang failed to comply with multiple stop-work orders, as well as an order to remove the features around the multi-million-dollar property with its 2,730-square-foot (254-square-meter) home. Fang counter-sued. The Daily Post in Palo Alto first reported news of the settlement last week.
Mark Hudak, an attorney for Hillsborough, previously said the town prides itself on its rural, woodsy feel, and rules are in place so neighbours “don’t have to look at your version of what you would like to have, and you don’t have to look at theirs.”
According to records, the settlement stipulates that the town will review and approve a survey of the landscaping improvements. In turn, Fang will apply for building permits. The town will also pay Fang $125,000, and she will drop the lawsuit — which was dismissed in state court on April 27.