FLORIDA – HOA fight over World War II tank in River Oaks

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Article Courtesy of Channel 10 News WTSP — Tampa Bay
By Marcelino Benito

Published October 4, 2017

In the heart of River Oaks, neighbors are coming face to face with history without ever leaving the neighborhood.

“It’s great for America,” said homeowner Ken Douglas.


Attorney Tony Buzbee bought a fully functional World War II tank overseas last year for $600,000. Now he’s temporarily parked it outside his multi-million dollar home in River Oaks.

“Took a year to get here but now it’s on River Oaks Boulevard,” said Buzbee. “This particular tank landed at Normandy. It liberated Paris and ultimately went all the way to Berlin. There’s a lot of history here.”

But now the River Oaks Property Owners group isn’t happy about it.

“It’s not violating any ordinance, but for some people it makes the homeowners association uncomfortable,” said Buzbee.

They sent Buzbee a letter saying the tank “impedes traffic”, causes a “safety issue” and is causing “serious concerns for neighbors”.

“If you’re offended just lighten up, my goodness it isn’t hurting anyone,” said Buzbee.

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