MIAMI, Florida — A Miami woman is battling the local government to save the popular treehouse where she has lived for 10 years.
Shawnee Chasser lives in a two-story open-air treehouse — on a lot near Miami’s Biscayne Gardens neighborhood — that features such amenities as running water, a stove, a refrigerator, a computer and a TV, but code inspectors with Miami-Dade County want it torn down, saying it was constructed illegally and is unsafe.
Prior to her current treehouse, she lived in one for 15 years at another location in the area.
“Every visit from Code Enforcement and the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, has been scary for me,” Chasser wrote on her GoFundMe page. “They both add about five new fines, each time they come.”
The battle between Chasser and the local government has received local media attention for several weeks but is now making national headlines. Before it’s over, she could face $10,000 in fines.
“Shawnee’s treehouse is a peaceful, harmless structure that hurts nobody,” Ari Bargil, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, told CBS News. “The county’s only concern should be whether her treehouse is safe.