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To the owner of a quite whimsical, bulbous-shaped abode in the posh Bay Area suburb of Hillsborough, California, it’s just a modern stone-age family dwelling.
But the town itself saw this: an eyesore replete with code violations, from the unapproved dinosaur sculptures on the lawn to the other oddities that paid homage to the famous 1960s cartoon series.
In a widely publicized battle of dueling lawsuits that pitted property rights against government rules, retired publishing mogul Florence Fang reduced the town’s arguments to rubble, according to KTVU News.
Hillsborough went to court in 2019 after Ms. Fang failed to comply with multiple stop-work orders, as well as an order to remove the features around the multimillion-dollar property with its 2,730-square-foot home. Ms. Fang then countersued, according to the news outlet.
The settlement reportedly stipulates that the town will review and approve a survey of the landscaping improvements and, in turn, Ms. Fang will apply for building permits. The town will also pay her $125,000, and she will drop the lawsuit — which was dismissed in state court on April 27.
A Massachusetts auto body shop owner’s own surveillance cameras helped investigators piece together an insurance fraud scheme where the owner used sledgehammers and mallets to further damage customers’ vehicles to up the insurance costs to repair.