Palm Beach Island Homeowner Facing Foreclosure Looks to Demolish House Rather than Pay Code Enforcement Fines

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Owner looks to demolish house rather than install different windows

The Code Enforcement Board postponed a foreclosure hearing Thursday on a Bahama Lane home, after hearing that owner Karl Wattenhofer plans to demolish the house rather than install proper windows. Wattenhofer, a native of Switzerland who has lived on the island for 20 years, installed bullet-proof-like glass 10 years ago at 264 Bahama Lane because he was tired of golfballs flying through his windows, according to his attorney Jason Evans.

Officers found out about the windows last year and have since been fining Wattenhofer daily. The fine is “somewhere in the $56,000 range,” Evans said.

Evans requested a 60-day postponement of the foreclosure hearing so he can seek approval from the Architectural Commission to demolish the house and so he can appear at a fine reduction hearing. He said the owner is fed up.

“It’s an emotional issue for the owner,” Evans said. “He’s upset and decided he wants to return to his home country full-time. He feels as though it’s extremely unfair because it’s an extreme fine.”

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3 Responses to “Palm Beach Island Homeowner Facing Foreclosure Looks to Demolish House Rather than Pay Code Enforcement Fines”
  1. ray says:

    Sounds like a devious way for some unknown third party to acquire the land!

  2. I understand fines…but $56,000 for a violation in regards to windows is outrageous! There should be some type of cap. He could replace every window in the house and go on a nice Hawaiian vacation, plus pay his flippin’ taxes and mortgage payments for that much money!

    Then again, he can take his money back to Switzerland and the local government won’t get a dime. Use your heads! Work with the guy!

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