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Homeowner seeks $1 from Cary in sign dispute

A federal judge ruled three weeks ago that David Bowden had the right to spray-paint the phrase "S-----d by the Town of Cary" on his home as a protest. Cary had threatened to fine Bowden, contending that the message violated the town's sign ordinance.

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CARY, N.C. — A homeowner who won a freedom of speech case against Cary has filed for $1 in damages in the flap.

A federal judge ruled three weeks ago that David Bowden had the right to spray-paint the phrase “S-----d by the Town of Cary” on his home as a protest. Cary had threatened to fine Bowden, contending that the message violated the town's sign ordinance.

Bowden said 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.

He has repeatedly said he wants Cary to buy his house from him, but in court papers filed Tuesday, he has agreed to accept $1 in damages in the case. He also could seek legal fees from the town.

Cary has agreed to pay the damages within 30 days, unless the town appeals the judge's ruling.

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