By Tim O’Meilia
Gulf Stream resident Martin O’Boyle’s request to remodel the entry way on his 1983 Hidden Harbour Drive home was denied twice by town commissioners at their March 15 meeting.
    During a four-hour hearing, the commission unanimously upheld Town Manager William Thrasher’s interpretation of the town code disallowing a 25-foot-high entry feature above the front door, then rejected three of four variances O’Boyle sought to override the code.
    “My taste on my property is not your prerogative. My taste on my property is not your business,” O’Boyle told commissioners after his challenge to the code was rejected but before the variances were considered.
    “What you’ve done here is reprehensible,” he said.
    O’Boyle has filed more than 300 public requests with the town in recent weeks for material relating to variances considered by the town dating to 1990, for variances involving architect Mark Marsh, who supported Thrasher’s interpretation, and for other material.
    Town Clerk Rita Taylor said she has filled some of the requests but not all of them. “We’ve got more than one resident in town who needs my attention. I’m trying to do my best to please everyone,” she said.                                  

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  • My sympathies Mr. O'Boyle. You have a formidable task ahead if your idea of creative expression fails to march lockstep with the town's byzantine interpretations of it's own inscrutable design code.
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