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Airstream Ranch — And Litigation — Lives On

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February 5, 2010 by   2 Comments

The second anniversary came and went recently for the so called Airstream Ranch near Dover, Fla.,with no resolution of the owner’s court battle with the county, according to the Tampa Tribune.

The county wants Frank Bates, who also owns an adjacent recreational vehicle dealership, to remove the eight aluminum-plated trailers partially buried off Interstate 4 near McIntosh Road.

The Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Board ruled that the tilted trailers installed Jan. 4, 2008, constitute four violations, including accumulated junk, trash and debris and illegal off-site advertising for Bates RV.

The upside down RVs emulate the more famous Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, featuring partially buried Caddys.

Bates argues that the Airstream Ranch is art, and said it has been featured in calendars, travel magazines and music videos.

Nearby residents have complained of motorists who use Castlewood Road to get a better look at the creation, crowding their neighborhood.

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2 Responses to “Airstream Ranch — And Litigation — Lives On”

  1. John Comstock on February 6th, 2010 11:56 pm

    These board members must be a bunch of humorless morons that have nothing to do. They should all be fired if this is all they can find to spend their time on. I saw the trailers for the first time a few weeks ago and thought they were totally cool.

  2. caleb johns on February 8th, 2010 6:01 pm

    The moron is you John. Do you even live here locally? We have zoning laws here in Hillsborough County along with safety laws. We try and protect citizens from those who don’t want to abide by the law and those who try and pose themselves on others.

    What you are saying is that you would love to live next to these trailers and maybe tilted toilets, bath tubs or portable toilets tilted in your other neighbors yards.

    You vote for what you want in your county but here in Hillsborough, we are proud and strive to keep it up.

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