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Court awards $1 to settle Cary sign dispute

Posted January 20, 2011

— A homeowner has been awarded $1 in damages after the town of Cary tried to fine him for a spray-painted message on his house, according to papers filed in federal court Wednesday.

The ruling also permanently banned Cary from enforcing its sign ordinance against the message "S-----d by the Town of Cary” that David Bowden painted on his home in August 2009. The town had threatened to fine Bowden, but the American Civil Liberties Union sued on his behalf, saying the message is political speech.

Bowden said that he is frustrated by years of unsuccessful negotiation with Cary after construction on Maynard Road that he claims led to drainage problems in his yard and home. In the past, he has said that he wanted Cary to buy his house.


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  • kikinc Jan 20, 2011

    Cary offered to fix the drainage problems that were going to arise when they widened the road. He refused entrance on to his property to allow them to do the work, saying he wanted his house bought. His neighbors all took Cary up on their offer, and they have no problems.

  • Kriterian Jan 20, 2011

    I don't care how this ends or what they do to resolve it. What needs to be done is getting rid of the comma after Cary, like he's going to say more but hasn't painted it yet. It should be a period or an exclamation point.

  • Nunya123 Jan 20, 2011

    tracya3904 - that is all he sued for. Read the previous articles.

    ghimmy51 - the house looked terrible at the end of 2008 when he started complaining. Mold doesn't grow on the outside of a house and gutters don't get filled with debris because of construction drainage issues.

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  • dlb800 Jan 20, 2011

    I kind of agree. Would you put money into a money pit? If you can't sell the house, and it's going to cost ALOT to keep it up due to the drainage issues, I would probably try to cut my losses.

  • ghimmy51 Jan 20, 2011

    To the people judging the property owner by the current condition of the house: IT WAS NOT LIKE THAT BEFORE. Since he was put in a "ditch" by the road embankment, lost drainage, foundation failing I'm sure he's lost motivation to put much money or effort into it. Once it was a home to be quietly proud of. Folks, you need to "walk in someone's shoes" for a day if you want to understand.

  • tracya3904 Jan 20, 2011

    Adding insult to injury! 1 dollar was a smack in that face for the problems that the town has caused. And Chauncey, I'm pretty sure this man did not purchase this house just to whine, he was there before this project started.

  • thiskissbled Jan 20, 2011

    "Cary thinks too highly of itself; it's just the rear end of Raleigh." -BubbaDukeforPresident

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Jan 20, 2011

    Maybe you didn't read the article. The home is sitting in a spot where drainage was not taken care of by the builder. Standing water not only rots the wood under a home, it causes mold inside the home. The town passes and enforces building codes, so this is their problem. Cary thinks too highly of itself; it's just the rear end of Raleigh.

  • 27615 Jan 20, 2011

    the picture says screwed but you won't write it in the article? that doesn't make much sense