HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (AP) — Fred Flintstone
went up against the law and won.
Although the owner of the fanciful Flintstones house
in a posh San Francisco
suburb settled a lawsuit
with the town of Hillsborough, the agreement allows Fred and his friends
Retired publishing mogul Florence Fang
defended her colorful, bulbous-shaped house and its elaborate homage to “The Flintstones” family
, featuring Stone Age sculptures inspired by the 1960s cartoon, along with aliens
and other oddities, in a yabba dabba
dispute that pitted property rights against government rules and was played out in international media
The town, on the other hand, called the towering dinosaurs and life-size sculptures a "highly visible eyesore" and sued Fang, alleging she violated local codes by putting dinosaur sculptures in the backyard and making other landscaping changes that prompted local officials to declare it a public nuisance.
According to a town attorney, regardless of the theme, residents must obtain a permit before installing such sculptures.
Hillsborough filed a lawsuit in 2019 after Fang failed to comply with multiple stop-work orders, as well as an order to remove the features surrounding the multimillion-dollar property with its 2,730-square-foot (254-square-meter) home. Fang counter-sued.
Hillsborough attorney Mark Hudak previously stated that the town takes pride
in its rural, woodsy feel, and that rules are in place “so neighbors don't have to look at your version of what you'd like to have, and you don't have to look at theirs.”
According to court documents, the settlement calls for the town to review and approve a survey of the landscaping improvements, after which Fang will apply for building permits. The town will also pay Fang $125,000, and she will drop the lawsuit, which was dismissed in state court on April
There has been no word on Barney Rubble's involvement in this case.