Approval of a project proposed more than 10 years ago by Charles and Valerie Griswold for their property on Bay Drive in Three Arch Bay came down to one foot on Tuesday.
The City Council wrestled for more than an hour to determine whether the proposed eaves atop an elevator enclosure should be 1-foot wide, 6 inches wide or be eliminated altogether before approving the wider width. The project has been in the works since 1997, a woeful history of reviews, revisions, a request for a rarely heard permit revocation hearing, acrimony, accusations of fraud and dishonest conduct and litigation.
“It has been an emotional and financial nightmare for the Griswolds,” said their attorney Gene Gratz, who represented the family at public hearings. “But as far as the city is concerned, as of Tuesday, the Griswolds will be allowed to proceed with construction.”