Town sues owner of Flintstone House over code violations

The Flintstone House in Hillsborough. Post file photo.

By the Daily Post staff

The town of Hillsborough yesterday (March 13) sued the owner of the quirky Flintstone House, alleging she violated local codes when she put dinosaur sculptures in the backyard and made other landscaping changes.

(Link to lawsuit.)

The town filed the suit against Florence Fang, the eccentric former owner of the Independent and Examiner newspapers, who purchased the orange and purple house in 2017.

She drew the ire of town code enforcers beginning in 2017 when she added various features without a permit. They include:

• a sign in the driveway that reads “Yabba Dabba Doo,”

• figurines of characters from “The Flintstones,”

• a staircase,

• a parking strip,

• a deck and

• other additions to the front and backyard.

In October, a code enforcement panel found the changes created “a highly visible eyesore and are out of keeping with community standards.”

The town hit her with stop work orders on Dec. 11, 2017, Jan. 12, 2018 and Aug. 1, 2018.

The suit claims she failed to comply with any of the orders, and so she was cited with multiple violations of the town’s Municipal Code.

The Fang family appears to be defiant.

Fang’s grandson said in a statement that his grandmother “will fight to save the Flintstone House.”

“I think the dinosaurs are beautiful. They make everyone smile and should stay,” Sean Fang said.