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Cary homeowner revises sign

Posted February 25, 2011

— The Cary homeowner who expressed his displeasure with the town in crude fashion across his facade updated that message Friday.

David Bowden wants the town to buy his property because he blames a road-widening project funneling rain water into his home at 305 SW Maynard Road. He first painted the phrase on his house in July 2009. 

Town officials threatened to fine Bowden, calling the words a violation of the town's sign ordinance. After almost two years of back and forth in the courts, District Judge Louise Flanagan ruled in December that the fine violated Bowden’s freedom of speech.

It was her ruling that prompted the update, Bowden said.

The new message, which contains the initial, off-color phrase, invites passers-by to tour "some of Cary's finest engineering and construction." It continues, "Oh by the way, now I have lung cancer but remember I put up a good fight."

The sign, in yellow letters against a black background, stands out across the front of Bowden's house.

Flanagan ordered the town to pay $46,197.27 in fees, but Cary has asked that she reconsider her decision.

If Flanagan rules against the town, the case could be appealed to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We’re really hoping that she’ll take another look at the case,” Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said.


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  • seaturtles246 Mar 1, 11:33 a.m.

    And, from what I've heard about and read in the news, he just wanted the TOC to buy his house so he could buy an RV and travel around the country. Now, that is PURE LAZY! Your 15 minutes of shame are over now.

  • Tizu Mar 1, 10:04 a.m.

    The crazy thing is, this dude has a dang Prowler under his carport...

  • rossbeuthin Feb 28, 5:35 p.m.

    Imagine if we all acted in this manner. Wow, wouldn't this be a great place to live. I pity this dummy's neighbors. Don't give him a cent. Grow up Bowden, and get a life you misery.

  • seaturtles246 Feb 28, 5:27 p.m.

    Oh, Mr. Bowden - the Reverend that was held hostage at the Wachovia is coming over to your house for a pity party. Now, just don't let it get out of hand - that's a pretty nice car you have parked in the carport. One more thing - you may want him to sign a statement that if he falls on your property, he won't sue you. TACKY TACKY TACKY! Just move - and move as far away from Cary as possible. We don't want or need you here anymore! You are a sorry, lazy disgrace of a person! If I were you, I'd be horribly embarrased. And, why am I mad - mainly because of people like you making my taxes go up! Thanks!

  • Roadmeat Feb 28, 10:28 a.m.

    Wait him out... guarantee the town of Cary will last longer than he will. This is all for the $ and attention... don't give him a cent.

  • LuvLivingInCary Feb 28, 8:17 a.m.

    what a dummy!! while the appeals are going on he pulls this trick. nice... this proves point that it's the attention that is feeding this guy...clear and simple...

    go cary and shut him down...