She Has Lived In A Tree House For 25 Years - She Just Got Some Unfortunate News

A Florida woman has been living in a tree house for 25 years. Because it's an illegal structure, the city is requiring her to tear it down. She's heartbroken.

Shawnee Chasser, 65, has been fighting the city over the home she calls 'Shawnee's Paradise.' The home, which she shares with her pet raccoon, was built between an oak and a strangler fig tree on private property after her son died. It stands two stories tall and most rooms, including the kitchen, open to the outdoors. The picturesque landscaping includes a man-made pond and water fountain.

Authorities have been fining Chasser repeatedly because she never obtained permits and she is running an illegal rooming house inside. The structures she’s built have been deemed unsafe by Miami-Dade County, and she's been ordered to demolish it all.

Chasser refuses to take down a single board. She says she couldn't afford workers to have the structure built legally to code. She's paid more than $3,000 in fines. If she doesn't tear her paradise down, she may face another $7,000.

The woman has no intention of leaving, so now it's a battle of wills. "I'll chain myself to that tree house," Chasser told the Miami Herald.

Source: MailOnline
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