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https://www.foxnews.com/lifest...ing-asked-fence-boat
By Andrea Vacchiano | Fox News
Published May 14, 2024 1:32pm EDT

A California boat owner became a local celebrity after he decided to stick it to city officials who asked him to build a fence around his boat.

Etienne Constable, a Seaside, California, resident, owns a boat that he had kept parked on a dirt patch on his property. In July 2023, officials asked him to build a proper driveway and to put up a 6-foot-tall fence that covered his boat.

In an interview with Fox News Digital on Monday, Constable explained that he "wasn't looking for a private property rights fight with the city," but disagreed with officials for thinking his boat was an eyesore.

"There's some logic to the law about, you know, not having decrepit vehicles….and I figured, 'This is not unsightly.' I don't know why they would threaten me that way," he recalled.

"I just figured there's a First Amendment right of writing whatever statement I want, on whatever property I have," he continued. "So, yeah, just kind of standing up for myself."

Constable ended up complying with the city by building a fence, but he decided to have some fun with it by commissioning a life-like mural on the structure.

The art is arguably so realistic that, at a quick glance, it almost appears that the fence isn't there at all.

Constable explained that he wanted to avoid having an unattractive fence, opting for a look that was more appealing.

"I just thought, 'Here's a creative way to make a statement.' And [as] an artistic statement, it's open to many interpretations, and I think that's part of the beauty of it," Constable said.

Constable got in touch with a local artist named Hanif Panni, who happens to be his neighbor, to help bring the idea to life. The City of Seaside appeared to applaud Constable and Panni's creativity, according to a Facebook post on Saturday.

"Seaside resident got creative when complying to the municipal code to hide his boat with a fence," the post's caption read. "He turned lemons into lemonade and had his artist neighbor paint a hyperrealistic mural of the boat on the fence itself!"

"The result? A optical illusion and a whole lot of media attention," the post continued.

Constable admitted that his stunt got much more attention than he expected.

"I was ready for whatever reaction might come, although I certainly wasn't ready for this thing to go viral like it has … I didn't know how the city would react," he told Fox News Digital.

"I got a call from the acting city manager/police chief and he said, 'Dude, you're hilarious. I'd give you a high-five. I'd love to meet you someday. And, you know, if you need anything, let me know.'"

Constable, whose community is just outside of Monterey, says that the attention he's received from locals has been overwhelmingly positive.



"Ninety-nine percent of everybody else in this community thought it was hilarious, and [thought] that there's some silly laws on the books. Why do we make each other suffer in this way for whatever reason?" he said with a laugh.

If Constable did not conceal his boat, he would have had to pay a first offense fine of $100, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Fox News Digital reached out to Seaside Mayor Ian Oglesby for comment.


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That is first rate trolling Big Grin




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Thanks for posting this, Q. I got a great laugh out of the story and the videos. BTW Seaside is near Monterey, so probably having a boat is VERY common. The artist is taking orders from neighbors who want THEIR boat captured in a fence painting.
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Well played Sir!
Well Played...

somewhere in Seaside a Karen is fuming....
 
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That's actually very well done. That left side gate and brick had me leaning in closer.
 
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Well played sir, well played!
 
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somewhere in Seaside a Karen is fuming....


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That's actually very well done. That left side gate and brick had me leaning in closer.


The left side in particular is amazingly clever and so much more subtle than this HOA required trash can hider:



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Saw that in the news here. Quite funny. I can't believe how good that art is. I can't draw a stick figure.


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That's actually very well done. That left side gate and brick had me leaning in closer.


The left side in particular is amazingly clever and so much more subtle than this HOA required trash can hider:

Over here in UK a guy built an extension on the side of his home to which the neighbour had raised strong objections. He incorporated a design around one of the upper windows that looked just like that.

 
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Every time I read the title on this, all I can think of is fencing like this:




I was like “ Why are they making a guy fence in his boat?”


 
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I don't know why the city would be happy about it, the appearance is essentially the same. If this is OK than the real boat should be, too.
 
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I don't know why the city would be happy about it, the appearance is essentially the same. If this is OK than the real boat should be, too.


Accepting defeat with grace and dignity, I suspect. When you know you're beat, a little class is a better response than whinging.
 
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I don't know why the city would be happy about it, the appearance is essentially the same. If this is OK than the real boat should be, too.


Best guess is someone complained about the boat being stored on the property or a bored city employee drove past and decided it was something to be taken care of, most likely though Karen called the city...

The ordinance says you must store items such as boats and unused or stored vehicles behind a fence. Link

Karen's probably on her 5th bottle of Simi Valley Chablis and bitching at her husband to do something....
 
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That is both funny and visually impressive.



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Nice job by the artist. Brilliant solution by the homeowner.
 
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