Earlier this month, the city of Hillsborough in San Mateo county sued the owner of the eccentric “Flintstone House,” calling it an “eyesore.”
Now, a vocal group of supporters are petitioning to save it.
In a Change.org petition created last week, San Jose resident Helen Garcia voiced her support for Florence Fang, the iconic property’s owner. The petition has already racked up over 12,000 signatures, and it seems likely to reach its goal of 15,000.
“Personally, I would fight to keep these statues up and leave these owners alone,” Garcia said in the online petition.
As a child, Garcia said, she remembers wanting to catch a glimpse of the house every time her family drove by it on Interstate 280. The house was originally built in 1976. Now, her daughter looks forward to seeing the house. In particular, she is a fan of the T-Rex statue.
“Removing the statues would devastate her and many of our childhood memories we have of this beautiful home,” Garcia explained.
The affluent town of Hillsborough sued Fang earlier this month claiming she failed to get the proper permits to build on the property. Since Fang purchased the so-called Flintstone House in 2017, she has added 15-foot dinosaur statues and a large sign reading “Yabba Dabba Doo.” The additions, the lawsuit says, are an “eyesore.”
In stating their reasons for signing the petition, supporters chided the city of Hillsborough for spoiling the fun. “Let the owners do as they wish to their house. They pay taxes and aren’t hurting anyone!” one commenter said. “This house has been around since I was a kid. It brings a smile to my face when I drive by and it’s their property so they can do whatever they want with it,” another commenter added.
In a public statement, Fang thanked her supporters.
“From all your supportive comments, it made me realize that I am not the only one fighting for the legendary Flintstones. It is truly an American memory that makes people smile and feel good about themselves,” she said. “Let’s keep Fred and the Dino alive and work together to keep on smiling. I will fight the best I can.”