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(baynews9)   Man buys lake for $1000. Puts up ugly-ass fence, then charges residents $30,000 each to take it down.   ( divider line
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14511 clicks; posted to Main » on 17 May 2002 at 9:51 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-05-17 09:52:39 AM  
2002-05-17 09:55:45 AM  
BRILLIANT! I wish I could think of things like that...
2002-05-17 09:56:13 AM  
Should have a "HERO" tag. I wish I'd thought of that.
2002-05-17 09:57:12 AM  
Pure genious.
2002-05-17 09:58:38 AM  
guy might be a total a$$hole......but absolutley tremendous thinking.
2002-05-17 09:58:42 AM  
It is hard to take seriously one who might call you a "genius" when they cannot even spell "genius".

But the man is pretty darned clever.
2002-05-17 09:58:53 AM  
Isn't there a 'right of view' or anything like that? I know that some countries in Europe have them.

The USA should import the term of 'abuse of rights' from France or other countries. This is when you use one of your rights for the single purpose of pissing other peoples off. Yeah, you have the right to build a fence around your lake, but not if the only reason is to remove the view from your neighbors.
2002-05-17 09:58:57 AM  
It is thier own fault for not ensuring they had waterfront rights in their land deed. It is nasty thing to do, but sometimes capitalism can be nasty.
2002-05-17 09:59:04 AM  
The residents are trying to get the fence taken down. They held a meeting and decided to form a five member committee to fight back against Don Connolly. They also hired attorneys to fight Connolly. The committee will meet with its two attorneys Sunday night to decide the next step.

What's there to argue? He owns the land now, he can do whatever the hell he want.
2002-05-17 09:59:58 AM  
Dang, not a bad idea. Hope he gets the money. I'd do the same thing, but then again, as in the Dennis Leary classic anthem: "I'm an a.s.s.ho-eeeole"
2002-05-17 10:00:03 AM  
Just knock the fence down
2002-05-17 10:01:04 AM  
Actually, Padraig, that old concept does still exist in U.S. law, though to what extent it is employed, I'm not really sure.
2002-05-17 10:03:09 AM  
They should have him killed for $5000 and plant him in his farking lake.

Not saying that I know anyone who is in that line of work or anything....or that I would have knowledge about anything like that, of course.
2002-05-17 10:03:44 AM  
yeah, this guy is a genius & a hero .

i hope this genius checks his brakes before he leaves the driveway.
2002-05-17 10:04:15 AM  
Yep. Someone will get fed up and torch it or knock it down. There's an older couple refusing to sell their farm in my area to a developer who wants to put in a driving range and "family fun center". Earlier this week someone tried to burn down their horse barn and also torched their horse trailer. If someone's willing to do that in the name of a "family fun center", one of those homeowners in FL will surely be willing to tear down a fence.
2002-05-17 10:04:19 AM  
Straight up I am so tired of Committes and associations.... My home owners association is forclosing on peoples homes for not paying $700 worth the association dues. I didn't have any idea they could do that. They are going to take this guys $230,000 house over $700 worth the dues. Stuff like this fence deal makes me smile. It's his property and he can do what he wants with it. Screw these freaking morons who expect him to do what they want with his land...
2002-05-17 10:04:44 AM  
I read Tampon woods instead of Tarpon Woods. Must still be to early in the morning.
2002-05-17 10:04:54 AM  
This guy is making a habit of doing this around the area wherever he can. He even bought land underwater in the bay and is trying to put up a chainlink fence that would cut off people from their own docks!

I wouldn't be at all suprised if someone puts a hit out on this asshead eventually.
2002-05-17 10:05:40 AM  
What a dick...
2002-05-17 10:06:41 AM  
a dick.. but a dick with cash
2002-05-17 10:07:15 AM  
Committee schmomittee. It's a lot simpler to hire a hitman.
2002-05-17 10:08:44 AM  
I didn't think the fence was all that ugly. Looked like a nice construction to me. But, hey, it's all in the eye, eh?

More power to the guy. The locals could have pooled together and bought that lake and it would be all theirs. He will probably end up with some cash on this one...
2002-05-17 10:08:51 AM  
The guy's pretty bright. Nice idea. Of course, teh people have a perfect right to be pissed, and they should fight it. If they spend enough money, they may be able to find some obscure local ordinance oreven a real law, which they can then spend more money on to argue in court. All in all, tehy'd probably be better off paying the cash.
Really, I think the people are just the local chapter of the Whiners and Complainers Club, adn the only reason they'll ever come up with for removing the fence is that they don't think it's a very nice thing to do. They should have checked their property rights, and paid attention to the deed on the lake and bought it themselves.

2002-05-17 10:09:41 AM  
I'll bet these people are the same types who value personal freedoms above all other things and moan and biatch about Government issues like planning and zoning. BUT, if someone does something that THEY don't like, they go rushing like schoolgirls to the Government to fix the problem. I see this all the time where I live.

(heh, heh, "ugly-ass" heh, heh, heh)
2002-05-17 10:09:56 AM  
Haha, nice idea. He's a grade one a-hole, but you gotta admit, that is a genius of an idea. I didn't even know that you could buy underwater property.
2002-05-17 10:12:32 AM  
They should find something in the tax code that requires him to live in the lake for six months out of the year to retain development rights
2002-05-17 10:12:55 AM  
Borg9 Really? Then the people should doubly have been on teh lookout for the deed on the lake. If this guy manages to buy land under the bay, and put up a fence, then he truly is brilliant, since it's pretty tough to put up things that re a hazard to or block navigation. I don't think yoou can own land like that. Mineral or fishing rights, but not anything that would allow you to put up a fence. (The pond fence is on the land around the pond, which he bought.) This guy's sharp.
2002-05-17 10:12:59 AM  
a dick? A dick with a $1000 and wanting more for nothing.

he can do whatever the hell he want.
not really, welcome to America. 30 bucks says a judge has good judgment in this case.
2002-05-17 10:14:08 AM  
What a magnificent bastard.
2002-05-17 10:14:14 AM  
What a dick. Somebody should stop by the local 7-11, and invite the local teens"redesign" the fence.
2002-05-17 10:14:21 AM  
Although my opinion is certainly not unique among the rest here, I too must say:
1) He's certainly a Grade-A Son-of-a-biatch
2) Geez I wish I could think of crap like this to do....
2002-05-17 10:14:23 AM  
Wait a minute... this story has the same basic plot as the Simpsons "Who killed Mr. Burns" episodes... all we need to do is have a baby kill this guy. or a dog.
2002-05-17 10:15:51 AM  
It'd be interesting to see how well he thought this through. There can be pretty strict zoning as to what you can do with bodies of water. If it's a wetlands or a flood plain, zoning can be extremely strict.
2002-05-17 10:16:15 AM  
If they do get the fence taken down he should drain the lake. His water to do with as he wishes. Sucks/cool at the same time. Glad I am not the one to judge this one.
2002-05-17 10:17:36 AM  
florida tag??
2002-05-17 10:17:36 AM  
If the residents have been maintaining the land for (In KY, it's 7 years, i think - haven't worked in surveying for a while now) a certain number of years, it is rightfully theirs, but the sale at a tax auction implies that someone else owned/maintained the land. So, this guy is perfectly in his rights - no different than someone buying a lot for a home and putting a fence around it.
2002-05-17 10:19:02 AM  
LOL He's an asshole, but he's a smart asshole. I do think the lady who's section of the fence he had painted bright pink owes him an ass kicking tho.
2002-05-17 10:19:29 AM  
It's funny, just not ha ha funny.

This guy is a shyster! But apparently a smart one. He must have researched the legalities prior to buying up the land. It is still a shiatty way to make a buck.
I have never, and will never live in a house where I have to pay dues to some committee so they can tell me the required length to which the grass must be maintained, or I can't park in the street in front of my house, or that my flagpole is too high, or the paint on my house is disturbing the neighbors.
2002-05-17 10:22:05 AM  
Discussion here brought up teh point that a lot of times, you have to get a building permit, and possibly a zoning clearance to put up a fence, especially one that tall. i'm betting this guy has his ducks ina row, though, with all teh right permits. Figure he could justify it in the name of public safety (he doesn't want anykids falling in his pond and suing him, does he?).
2002-05-17 10:26:04 AM  
6)Preservation areas. No development, redevelopment, or fill shall be allowed within the 25-year floodplain or 100-year floodway of any natural flood storage area, isolated wetland, or environmentally sensitive area which is designated as a preservation area on the countywide future land use plan.

...from the Pinellas County Code of Ordinances. If the homeowners are fighting this guy, I bet they're scouring the ordinances for stuff like this.
2002-05-17 10:27:42 AM  
ctenidae: I was amazed at that, myself. I saw this on local news this morning. I'd already known about the pink fence around the lake, but what they said today is that he had already bought land in Pasadena area (south St. Petersburg, FL) under either the bay or intercoastal and was going to put a chainlink fence about 3 inches off the seawall -- cutting off the residents from their own docks and charging them for its removal.

Most people have said they had no idea the "land" was even for sale.
2002-05-17 10:32:47 AM  
Only in America. [/applause]
2002-05-17 10:34:02 AM  
This dude is cool.
2002-05-17 10:34:49 AM  
Maui Haui: It isn't his lake to do as he pleases. As a urban planner in Tampa, I know what he would have to go through to get wetland impact permission... not quick and cheap.

The "problem" (though, it isn't really a problem.. just a situation) is twofold ... the developer designated the lake as "common ownership".. which means, if I remember correctly, that the developer is respondsible for the taxes on those lands. I'm not sure if there is a clause in the Pinellas and Hillsborough County Land Development Codes (where these properties are located) that requires it to be designated as such, but I suspect there is. Developers only do what they are required to do. The problem could be solved in one simple (though not perfect) solution: don't tax common ownership land that has no future development potential (like a lake or canal). The downside is that this exception is likely to be abused and the county would lose a lot of revenue. No easy solution and there should be quite the battle coming up.

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2002-05-17 10:36:04 AM  
neighbors should pool the money for a hit instead
2002-05-17 10:41:11 AM  
This rivals the asshole lawyer suing USA because illegal immigrants died in the desert because we did not put water out there...D'oh!
2002-05-17 10:48:32 AM  
aren't we missing the obvious here... if its a lake..its surrounded by land... and if around all this land are these peoples does he get to the lake ?... i think he's trespassin somewhere :)
2002-05-17 10:51:55 AM  
Great. The guy knew what he was doing. I bet that fence was expensive, which gives more support to the unfounded theory that this guy knows what he is doing.
2002-05-17 11:02:02 AM  
Sometimes a-holes like this guy make capitalism look bad. But some how I can't help but rooting for the jerk.
2002-05-17 11:02:43 AM  
Who's the a$$? Examine the culprits:

- The developer who sold "waterfront property" without pointing out that the property didn't actually include the "waterfront" part
- The developer who did not offer to sell the actual "waterfront property" to the people most interested in it
- The developer who failed to pay taxes
- The developer who didn't bother to tell the homeowners that any one of them could have bought all the waterfront property for $1000
- The taxation agent who confiscated the developer's property for not paying "protection money" (aka "taxes")
- The taxation agent who didn't bother to tell the homeowners that any one of them could have bought all the waterfront property for $1000
- The property owners who didn't bother to find out that they didn't actually own the waterfront property
- The property owners who didn't bother to cough up $1000 to buy the waterfront property (if they knew it was available)
- The property owners who moved/destroyed the property survey markers indicating where their property actually ended
- The property owners who thought they had a right to use someone else's property as they liked
- The property owners who got snotty when the real estate issue was pointed out and the owner offered to sell the actual waterfront property at reasonable prices

Now explain again why this guy is an a$$ for buying a lake for $1000 and putting up a fence to keep his demonstrably snotty neighbors off his property?
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