Resident posts insults of town leaders right outside home of Gulf Stream Mayor

GULF STREAM, Fla. - Chris O'Hare is making his feelings about Gulf Stream Mayor Joan Orthwein known. He portrays her as a jester and a turkey on his 16-foot boat anchored in a cove.

Some people don't think it's tasteful.

"I think it's completely ridiculous. I think there are ways to fix things without aggravating people like that," said Marcello Salvo.

"I'm not sure what it's about, but I can tell it's not good," said another neighbor.

O'Hare claims he's been singled-out by town leaders, and denied several requests for permits to improve his home. Now, he's fighting back.

"I'm not getting responses to questions and requests. This is my cry for help to get information," said O'Hare.

Mr. O'Hare also brought his message on land. Signs in his front yard are aimed at not only the mayor, but the town commission.

Mayor Orthwein says the signs are childish insults. She says if O'Hare is unhappy with the town code, he should go through the process to change it.

O'Hare says he has plans to remove the boat, and replace it with a larger one.

"I don't know what else to do, it's uncomfortable and I apologize to the neighbors, but I don't know what else to do," said O'Hare.

O'Hare says state law allows him to anchor a boat anywhere as long as it doesn't clog up the waterway. A town hearing about whether the boat violates town code was scheduled for Tuesday, but later canceled.

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