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(WTSP)   Florida couple who built giant beachfront dream treehouse on their property may actually get to keep it   (wtsp.com) divider line 22
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2014-03-20 11:29:21 AM
Why is there a slideshow of cheerleaders at the bottom of the story?
 
2014-03-20 11:52:04 AM
*looks at picture of house*

...until the next hurricane, anyway.
 
2014-03-20 11:52:19 AM

ransack.: Why is there a slideshow of cheerleaders at the bottom of the story?


Why shouldn't there be to celebrate this victory?
 
2014-03-20 11:53:32 AM
wow. Florida actually gets something right for a change.
 
2014-03-20 11:54:16 AM

ransack.: Why is there a slideshow of cheerleaders at the bottom of the story?


What?

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2014-03-20 11:54:28 AM
What about cheddar?
 
2014-03-20 11:56:40 AM
How come the field reporters head is bigger than the tree house?

Also, did anyone mention the random cheerleader pic?   If not someone really should.
 
2014-03-20 11:58:36 AM
Gentlemen, that's not just a random pic, it's a slideshow of earthly delights.

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2014-03-20 12:02:30 PM

cgraves67: *looks at picture of house*

...until the next hurricane, anyway.


The article clearly states the windows are hurricane proof, which means that the windows will be the only thing left standing when the next hurricane barrels through.
 
2014-03-20 12:06:51 PM

Cdr.Murdock: Gentlemen, that's not just a random pic, it's a slideshow of earthly delights.

[img.fark.net image 380x510]


Yes.... yes it is.....
 
2014-03-20 12:07:02 PM
There's a not so fine line between a tree house, and a house that happens to be in a tree. Power from an extension cord? Tree house. Power from a wall outlet on a 20amp circuit? House in a tree. Water from a gallon jug? Tree house. Water from the kitchen sink tap? House in a tree. Need to take a leak, pee over the side or use an empty bottle? Tree house. Need to take a pee, use the toilet? House in a tree.
 
2014-03-20 12:12:51 PM
That $110 a day fine is the city's way of saying "We are going to fark with you and this fine will make it exorbitantly expensive to fight us."

I have to wonder if this isn't a violation of the 8th amendment.
 
2014-03-20 12:20:41 PM
I like where this thread is headed
 
2014-03-20 12:27:00 PM
Oh please tell me you guys watched the video! I know it's hard to tear your eyes away from the cheerleader, but you will get welief fwom watching it.
 
2014-03-20 12:29:05 PM

Prey4reign: cgraves67: *looks at picture of house*

...until the next hurricane, anyway.

The article clearly states the windows are hurricane proof, which means that the windows will be the only thing left standing when the next hurricane barrels through.


Yes, the article clearly states "360-degree windows make of hurricane proof glass."

So, yes, they were make pretty strong, then.
 
2014-03-20 12:29:31 PM

NightOwl2255: There's a not so fine line between a tree house, and a house that happens to be in a tree. Power from an extension cord? Tree house. Power from a wall outlet on a 20amp circuit? House in a tree. Water from a gallon jug? Tree house. Water from the kitchen sink tap? House in a tree. Need to take a leak, pee over the side or use an empty bottle? Tree house. Need to take a pee, use the toilet? House in a tree.


You had me until the urinating part. Most men will pee over the side even if the toilet is close. Some women too.
 
2014-03-20 12:49:43 PM
I've lived in Florida most of my life -- meaning long before the flood of morons from the northern states turned it into an insane asylum.

Florida is hurricane central, along with being the lightening capitol of the US -- and maybe the world. The trees the house is built in appear to be Australian Pine, a nice tree, previously imported and planted to act as storm windbreaks around the many groves we used to have.

An Australian Pine grove is a nice place -- quiet, shaded, the wind whispers through the branches and the layer of soft 'needles' carpets the ground and chokes out a lot of the usual nuisance vines and weeds. Dry, the wood is lightweight, burns readily and can be used for simple construction. The tree also grows readily on islands with no fresh water, being able to stand high concentrations of salt.

It's also a brittle tree and shallowly rooted. So many mature trees have come down during storms and so many had dry branches snap off and land on cars and roads, that across the state, many municipalities have taken them out.

I recall driving after major storms and finding road nearly blocked by tons of fallen branches. The last major hurricanes pushed entire groves over, creating a huge mess to clean up. Folks cleaned up the mess and did not replant the groves.

The groves are wonderful places and a lot of folks loved the readily available dry wood which burned easily, was light weight and could be fashioned into camping structures readily -- but when the soil gets too wet, the trees come down. When the winds get too great, they shed branches like crazy and whole trees snap.

Now, building a tree house as a kid would have been fun and fine. Such small structures in trees often never lasted more than a few years. Building them in Old Pine and Oak was just fine due to the strength of the tree.

However, when you put in a house weighing several tons, over time, the weight starts to break down the tree. Such a house needs to be shored up with posts anchored in cement to keep much of the weight off the tree itself. Especially with Australian Pines.

Here in Florida, we've had mature, huge Oaks split in two by hurricanes, even though the trees had lasted maybe a hundred or so years. If the tree divides in the center, that Y becomes a potential weak spot no matter how thick the trunk.

I couldn't tell if these folks have their tree house reinforced by posts, but I did note the steel tension line anchored into one tree apparently acting as a support for the flooring. Not a real good idea for an Australian Pine. At least, not if they expect to keep the place over a decade.

Australian Pines tend to die off after a time. We've noticed that on the many spoil islands in the local lagoon which have been covered by the trees. Usually, since they tend to choke out other trees, after they go, it can take decades for the islands to develop a good canopy again.

However, in Florida, if you choose to live right on the shore, especially along the Atlantic, you'd better have a bunch of money to sink into nearly constant maintenance. The salt spray alone will make anything containing iron start to rust nearly as soon as it's been installed. A slight crack in cement that allows the spray to work it's way into rebar, can develop into a gaping hole as the bar rusts and swells, pushing out everything around it.

A bad hurricane can bring the Atlantic right into your living room, wash the sand out from around your cool in-ground pool and remove that beautiful 50 feet of beach you so loved.

I used to beach comb and do a lot of boating so I've seen houses slide into the sea, watched the coastline change, seen the masses of fallen trees and examined the rust damage to older homes.

Florida does not have rocky coasts like many seaside states do. It's mainly fine sand.

More than once I've seen a new inlet form after a storm from the sea to the lagoon right through the barrier island, taking out the road and everything else.

Make sure you have a lot of money before building along the shore in Florida. Developers and contractors are not your friends. They're not going to tell you what can happen.

We have a predominate off-shore reef. One of the last major hurricanes pushed a freighter right over it and grounded the thing in a lady's back yard. As everyone was recovering from the storm damage, the (rather rich) lady started biatching at the local government to get the view blocking freighter out of her yard.
 
2014-03-20 12:52:04 PM
Yeah, but

www.gannett-cdn.com
 
2014-03-20 12:53:36 PM
And then

www.gannett-cdn.com
 
2014-03-20 12:56:00 PM
In summation,

www.gannett-cdn.com
 
2014-03-20 01:45:07 PM
What a waste of money.
 
2014-03-20 02:49:25 PM
Why are there gun ports in the glass? I get you want to be able to shoot out, but unless it's some really awesome bullet resistant glass it won't provide much protection.
 
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