They also told them if they did not remove the tree house, they would be fined $500 a day.
"We love it so much, it's very difficult for us to take it down. We have invested not only money, but emotions," Lynn said.
A report from the City of Holmes Beach states: "This is a three story assemble structure accessory to a public accommodation. As such, it is required to be in full compliance with the Holmes Beach Land Development Code and all provisions of the Florida Building Code."
Lynn said the violations in the report are bogus.
"There were so many things that they put on the report. Many of the citations is fairly legal so I referred that to my attorney to take a look at. We did not use salvaged materials and they cited we used salvaged materials. We did not put the structure on the tree trunk and they cited that the structure is on the tree trunks. We don't have a three-story home, this is two decks," she said.
Richard says he got permission to build the tree house from a city building official who told them they didn't need any permits for build the tree house.
In that same report mentioned earlier, officials stated: "To be frankly blunt, if you did not receive a written response to a detailed submittal, then no approval can be inferred from a casual conversation."
Now all the couple can do is continue to fight to save their dream tree house, and hope that community support will help convince Holmes Beach officials to let them keep the tree house.
"We love this tree house. We don't want to lose it," Richard said.
The couple has set up a website to keep people updated on what's happening.