Couple fights zoning rules to save dream tree house

2:43 PM, May 14, 2013   |    comments
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HOLMES BEACH, Florida (WFLA) - A Holmes Beach, Florida couple wants to finish building the tree house of their dreams, but now the city is telling them to tear it down.

The two story structure is found on an Australian pine tree off Avenue E in Holmes Beach.

It seems this whole spat is the result of miscommunication.

Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran's tree house is not one you would normally find in any back yard.

It's two stories tall, complete with a hammocks and a perfect view of the Gulf of Mexico.

"We take naps up here, a glass of wine, watch the sunset," said Hazen.

In April 2011, Hazen asked a city building official for permission to build a tree house, and they were told no permits were required.

"The building official said 'Just go ahead, make it safe so no one falls out," Tran said.

But a few weeks ago, a code enforcement officer sent a notice saying the tree house violates building codes and is dangerous to the public.


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