Please Help Save the Tree House... Help keep alive a childhood dream, a work of art, a work of love and creativity
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Please Help Save the Tree House... Help keep alive a childhood dream, a work of art, a work of love and creativity

    1. Lynn Tran-Hazen
    2. Petition by

      Lynn Tran-Hazen

      Holmes Beach, FL

Please help stop the destruction of the small harmless beach tree house on Anna Maria Island.  Help stop the conflict over hundreds of pages of state laws and city codes.  Help preserve a work of art that thousands have liked and petitioned for.  But most of all, help preserve our rights to peaceful enjoyment of nature on our private land.  

We were told that there are no codes for tree houses and that no permit is required by the city officials in the spring of 2011.  So we built it with good faith reliance on the words of the officials.  The tree house is built as a 2 level deck. Then 2 years later, April 2013, the city backtracked, commanded us to demolish our tree deck or come into compliance with numerous impossible and inapplicable codes, and fined us $100 per day even while we appeal in court.

Legal has determined that per state law, the tree deck may be exempted from permitting requirements.  We are willing to get an after the fact permit but the city refused to give a permit until we relocate the tree and the tree house to meet city codes.  We cannot relocate the tree and tree house without killing the tree and removing the tree house.  So we started a petition as allowed per city codes, but after we gathered all the required signatures, the city filed a lawsuit claiming that we cannot petition as state law prohibits it.  We have spent over $100,000 including several court filings, to protect it from destruction, to protect our property and our rights, and to seek justice.

We are in need of your support and help.  We believe in creating beautiful things and to spread love and happiness.  We cannot voluntarily destroy the tree house without trying everything we could.

Please help save the tree house and preserve our property and constitutional rights.

You can follow the detailed story at www.cooltreehouse.com

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    News

    1. What's happening to date with our petition?

      Lynn Tran-Hazen
      Petition Organizer

      As of the end of summer 2013, the city filed a lawsuit against us claiming that this type of petition is not allowed, then proceed to fine us $100.00 per day while we filed for an appeal. March 2014, the court has mandated the reversal of the daily fine that the city has imposed. The petition is now pending. We are anxiously waiting for further court decisions on multiple issues. To read the full story in details, please visit our www.cooltreehouse.com website and subscribe to the book blog. We appreciate your continued support as we work and find the means to support the ongoing legal defense to protect our property and our rights.

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. A media crush week getting world wide attention

      Lynn Tran-Hazen
      Petition Organizer

      We now have over 3000 signatures combined via this site, our website, and in persons log. This last week all major local TV channels and papers cover our story multiple times in a day. City hall was flooded with emails and calls. Thank you for all your support. We are waiting for a response from the city. If you miss the news on TV, the links to these videos are on our website at http://cooltreehouse.com/a-media-crush-week/

      A Media Crush Week - Cool Tree House

      We are pushing over 2500 signatures combined online and in persons, and got hundreds of great supportive comments and emails. Thank you for all the support and advices. The tree house was featured on several TV channels and was on radio 107.9 this morning as well.

    4. Reached 2,000 signatures
    5. On the news this week "won't budge on tear down"

      Lynn Tran-Hazen
      Petition Organizer

      The good news, to date we have over 300 signatures both from the website and in persons log. Thank you all! However, we still have a long way to go. Please read the latest update and news here http://cooltreehouse.com/what-is-right/

      What is the right thing to do? - Cool Tree House

      T wo days after we submitted our case to the mayor and commissioners for review, they met with the building official and as expected, he insisted that the tree house has to come down. His reasons: the tree & thus the tree house violates the 50 feet setback from the erosion control line and does not meet all building codes.

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Tree House demolition on hold

      Lynn Tran-Hazen
      Petition Organizer

      We kicked off the petition campaign late Sunday this week and received over 100 signatures within a few days, both online and in persons. Thank you everyone for your support. Your signatures enable us to present our case to the city commissioners for review this last Tuesday. We need more signatures until the tree house is clear from all threats and present danger. More detailed update and latest local news at http://cooltreehouse.com/blog/

      Cool Tree House - For all tree house lovers

      We kicked off the petition campaign late Sunday this week and received close to 100 signatures within a couple of days, both online and in persons. Thank you everyone for your support. Your signatures enable us to present our case to the city commissioners for review.

    8. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • abdou Mazouz AAGADIR, MOROCCO
      • 23 days ago

      To give a head line

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    • Zbigniew Josef Tobiasiewicz JAROSłAW, POLAND
      • 23 days ago

      powstrzymuje decyzje popieram petycje.

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    • Connor Ward AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 1 month ago

      Mr teacher said to...

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    • Niccolo Fabbrini FLORENCE, ITALY
      • about 1 month ago

      I hate stupid burocracy, finish with lovely dreams.

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    • Tony Pollan LAKELAND, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      My family loves Holmes Beach and we love strolling past the tree house. It's an amazing structure and they deserve to keep it. It has become part of the Holmes Beach landscape.

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