HILLSBOROUGH (Calif.) – Fred Flintstone won the fight against the law.
Technically, the Flintstones house owner in San Francisco’s posh suburb of Hillsborough settled a lawsuit. However, Fred and his friends will be able to stay under the terms of the agreement.
Florence Fang, a retired publishing mogul, defended her bulbous-shaped home and its elaborate tribute to “The Flintstones” family. The house featured Stone Age sculptures that were inspired by the 1960s cartoon and also included aliens and other strangeities.
Fang was sued by the town for creating a nuisance and placing dinosaur sculptures in her backyard.
A town attorney stated that residents needed a permit to install these sculptures regardless of their theme.
Hillsborough went to court in 2019 after Fang failed to comply with multiple stop-work orders, as well as an order to remove the features around the multimillion-dollar property with its 2,730-square-foot home. Fang countersued. The Daily Post in Palo Alto first reported news of the settlement on Thursday.
Mark Hudak, an attorney for Hillsborough, had said the town prides itself on its rural, woodsy feel, and rules are in place “so neighbors don’t have to look at your version of what you would like to have, and you don’t have to look at theirs.”
According to records, the settlement stipulates that the town will review and approve a survey of the landscaping improvements. In turn, Fang will apply for building permits. The town will pay Fang $125,000, and she will drop the lawsuit – which was dismissed in state court on April 27.