THE VER­DICT

Reader's Digest - - You Be The Judge -

No. A four-day trial was held in Septem­ber 2016, and Judge Ma­rina Gar­ci­a­wood ruled a month later that the dis­play it­self didn’t threaten pub­lic safety. “There was no tes­ti­mony or ev­i­dence that the Hy­atts uti­lize their prop­erty in such a way that re­sults in in­jury ... of the City or to its res­i­dents,” she wrote. Fur­ther, she con­cluded that traf­fic con­ges­tion was “be­ing ex­ac­er­bated by the City and the City’s po­lice de­part­ment safety zones, not the Hy­atts.” So the Hy­atts opened the gates in 2016 to much re­joic­ing. The rul­ing “al­most brought me to my knees,” Mark Hy­att told the Sun Sen­tinel. For 2017, the Hy­atts are, as Mark de­scribes it, “tak­ing our dis­play to the next level.” They’re adding a fancy new movie-like pro­jec­tor to light up the one part of their house that has al­ways re­mained dark—the win­dows. They’re adding a new fea­ture out­side too: Santa’s rein­deer sta­bles.

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