Florida Light Fight Dubbed Hatfield and McCoys By City Mayor
A Christmas light fight is gaining momentum months ahead of the holiday season in Plantation, Florida where a home with more than 200,000 lights has neighbors there fed up. Hyatt Extreme Christmas, a nationally known home famous for lights, decorations and plenty of traffic, is coming under fire from neighbors who declare they just can’t take it anymore.
According to The Sun Sentinel neighbors are headed to court after the city said it has legally done all it can to scale back the display that includes almost 200,000 lights, a 20-foot Ferris wheel that gives stuffed animals a ride, a 30-foot Christmas tree, life-size gingerbread men, a snow-blowing machine, moving elves and a 20-foot inflatable movie screen that loops Disney movies.
“I’ve tried to be the peacemaker,” lamented Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic on Friday. “It’s just not happening. It’s like the Hatfields and the McCoys out there.”
The issue might wind up in the court system. Bendekovic said residents have the option of asking a civil judge to declare the property a nuisance, citing a quality-of-life issue. “It’s a civil matter — neighbor to neighbor,” she said.
In the meantime, she said the city has applied to the state for “no parking” signs along Old Hiatus Road. While the mayor said the intention was for consistency along the road, it would limit the number of people who could attend the display, because throngs of cars park on the street around the corner from the Hyatt house.
“The city has done legally [everything] it can,” she said.
The fireworks are just beginning on this controversy and given the off-season attention it is getting we think it may lead the way this upcoming season as light fights seem to be one of the hottest issues in the so-called War on Christmas for 2013.