Quick! When I say “outdoor playhouse” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?
For many it might be something like this: fun, neat, cool, independence, getaway, or any number of other positive terms.
Unfortunately, what I think of these days is code enforcement.
When I named my book (and the blog, etc.), “Technically, That’s Illegal,” I knew the phrase would come up in conversation quite often. You see, many things people do are, technically, illegal.
Last fall, I told you about an illegal treehouse. Today, I’m going to tell you about an illegal playhouse. It belongs to a 5-year-old boy.
One neighbor said the playhouse takes up too much space and “makes it look like junk.”
But neither youth, charm, nor ignorance are any excuse for not following the law in Ocala, Florida.
…the family has been told the playhouse requires the special variance from code enforcement and approval from the historic preservation board.
If it doesn’t get approval, the playhouse must be moved or torn down within 120 days, or the family will start accumulating fines of $25 a day.
Of course, even if they apply for the variance, it doesn’t mean they will get approved. It seems like some folks in that neighborhood have some serious issues!