HOLMES BEACH -- The Florida Second District Court of Appeal declined to hear the case of two Holmes Beach homeowners embroiled in a fight with the city to keep their treehouse.
According to the court case's docket, the ruling was made on June 12 in the case dating back several years.
Last September, Manatee Circuit Judge Janette Dunnigan ruled for the city and against couple Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran, the owners of a treehouse in an Australian pine at Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., Holmes Beach.
The city code enforcement board found the couple in violation of multiple sections of Holmes Beach's land development code on July 30, 2013. The board also said the couple failed to fulfill building-code permit requirements.
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In 2011, Hazen approached the Holmes Beach Building and Zoning Department with the idea of building a treehouse after speaking to his wife about it and, according to a document, was informed by then-Building Inspector Robert Shaffer the city had no regulations involving construction of a treehouse. In May 2011, Hazen began construction on the house.
"We were pleased to hear the ruling," Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson said Wednesday. "I'm glad we're getting to the end of the process."
A message for the couple's Sarasota attorney, David M. Levin, was not immediately returned.