Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Bizarre News

Homeowner paints house like a flag to protest code citations

BRADENTON -- From the looks of it, Brent Greer's paint job on his house would appear to be a patriotic salute to the country he loves.

It's not quite that simple.

Greer, who lives on Riverview Boulevard, instead is using the paint job to protest what he sees as heavy-handed code enforcement by the city, according to a report by Bay News 9.

"I want to remind people this is America," he said. "This is the home of the free, and I'm not changing because I have some zoning ordinance that doesn't like the way I express myself."

Greer grew up in the 100-year-old home and now lives there with his wife and seven adopted children. He said they changed the color of their house after getting into a dispute with the city's code enforcement.

It stemmed from an anonymous tip in February about a dead Christmas tree on a balcony. While there, code enforcement officers fund other violations, said Volker Reiss, Community Services and Code Compliance manager.

Reiss said his officers asked the family to remove the tree and they complied.

Greer said to his surprise, they were told about more violations.

"He sent out a list of all these things and I was like, 'Are you kidding me?'" said Greer.

The city sent Greer a two-page letter, listing several violations at the home. Some of the issues were about missing window screens, painting, pressure washing, loose railings and trash on the property.

Greer said while everything was upsetting, one complaint made him furious. He said he was told his home's exterior painting was not up to city standards.

"This is a house where a family lives and plays, and it's my house," Greer said.

The Greers do not live in a deed-restricted community. He said he feels like he's being treated as if he does.

Greer was told if he did not fix everything, he would face a $250 a day fine.

He feels the city is picking on him for cosmetic issues.

Reiss said it's more of a safety issue.

"We ensure that properties are up to code and safe to live in and for neighborhood," said Reiss.

Greer said he's not happy about the way things have been handled. Although he's already fixed a lot on the home, he's hoping the city will back off.

However, he said he won't be changing the color of the house.

"It started off as a statement and that's way I'm going to keep it," said Greer. "I'm not going to paint over it, I like it."

Reiss said that's not a problem and he's free to paint his home whatever color he chooses.

The city plans to inspect the home again on June 16.

If it isn't up to code, the Greer's will be scheduled for a hearing the next day, June 17.

Comments

Florida man robbed at gunpoint in dating app setup

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Florida police say a man thought he was going on a date set through an app, but instead was attacked and robbed at gunpoint.Police say a 21-year-old Taborice Lee Foster lured his target using Grindr, a dating app for gay men. When...
Published: 01/14/18
Tide Pod Challenge: Why teens and internet celebs risk their lives by eating them

Tide Pod Challenge: Why teens and internet celebs risk their lives by eating them

A new internet trend has parents worrying more about their teenagers ingesting laundry soap than their unknowing toddlers. It started as a joke: memes circulating on the web, poking fun at the fact that the squishy, brightly colored laundry pods loo...
Published: 01/12/18

Bathroom behavior got this Florida man kicked off his flight

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Frequent flyer tip: if you’re going to use the airplane bathroom make sure your aim is good. Otherwise it could get you kicked off the flight.Flight attendants say Dante Bencivenga used the bathroom on a Spirit airlines flight befo...
Published: 01/07/18
Florida man calls 911 to report...himself drunk driving

Florida man calls 911 to report...himself drunk driving

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida are sharing an unusual 911 call they got on New Year’s Eve from a man who said he was driving drunk and needed police. Polk County Sheriff’s officials say the dispatcher "did a fantastic job" urging Mi...
Published: 01/06/18
A small bird managed to take over a Delta flight

A small bird managed to take over a Delta flight

On late Saturday morning, a bird flew out of the cold Detroit sky, across an airfield and into the cockpit of a jetliner bound south for Atlanta.Some believe it was a sparrow. Some, a hummingbird. A Delta Air Lines spokesman referred to it only as "s...
Updated one month ago
Woman gets $284 billion electric bill, wonders whether it’s her Christmas lights

Woman gets $284 billion electric bill, wonders whether it’s her Christmas lights

What can you buy with $284 billion?You could own all of Netflix. Or purchase 747 Boeing 747s, with change to spare. Or erase the national debts of Venezuela, Nigeria, Peru and Iceland, combined.Or, if you’re Mary Horomanski, you could pay for one mon...
Updated one month ago
Package for Steven Mnuchin that causes a bomb scare turns out to be filled with horse manure

Package for Steven Mnuchin that causes a bomb scare turns out to be filled with horse manure

A suspicious package that appeared Saturday night in the swanky Los Angeles neighborhood of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin prompted lengthy street closures and a sizable response by local and federal authorities, including members of the Los Angel...
Updated one month ago

Florida man fighting for his life after chasing monkey

DESTIN, Fla. — A Florida man now living in Bali is fighting for his life after he fell from a roof while chasing a monkey that had stolen his favorite Pittsburgh Steelers cap.The Northwest Florida Daily News reported that Jeff "Swede" Swedenhjelm fel...
Updated one month ago
Florida man arrested for calling 911 to complain about small restaurant portions

Florida man arrested for calling 911 to complain about small restaurant portions

STUART, Fla. — A Florida man complaining about his dinner to police has landed in trouble.The 51-year-old man was charged with misusing the emergency 911 line after he called dispatchers twice to complain about the size of the meal served to him at C...
Updated one month ago