Yabba dabba don’t: California town rejects Flintstones house, owner counter sues
HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (AP/KTVU) – Towering dinosaurs stand among
fanciful mushrooms in the sloping backyard. A life-sized Fred Flintstone
welcomes visitors near the front door. And by the driveway on the lawn is a
giant “Yabba Dabba Do” sign in orange, purple and red.
The latest battle in the war between government rules and property rights
is playing out in a posh San Francisco suburb, where a retired publishing
mogul has installed an elaborate homage to “The Flintstones” family. The
bold, bulbous house is surrounded by Stone Age sculptures inspired by
the 1960s cartoon, along with aliens and other oddities.
The controversy has sparked international media coverage and an online
petition signed by thousands to preserve the attention-grabbing property,
visible from a nearby highway.