They Hyatt family of Plantation, Florida fought off a lawsuit by the city against their Christmas display — and won. The famous display of more than 200,000 Christmas lights has been in and out of the news for several Christmas seasons as the City of Plantation, Florida has tussled with them over traffic and disruption to their neighborhood.
The acrimonious relationship spilled over into the media and soon it became a David-vs-Goliath story as the mayor personally became involved in the dispute.
As local police force and traffic measures were put in place to help deal with the crowds costs escalated for the city. Seeing no recourse, they first fined the Hyatt family and then sued them in court for creating a public nuisance.
Today the court said the Hyatt’s could continue their display — and that the city will just have to deal with it.
The Hyatts have thousands of supporters, both inside and outside of the city limits but none of this patches things up with the neighbors. One neighbor right across the street has moved just to get away from the mess the display creates every December.
According to local media reports the city failed to prove the Hyatts were bothering anyone. They didn’t present a single neighbor to testify against them nor proof the event increased trash or traffic in the area.