In a move that should come as a shock to absolutely no one, Janet Lehr and Ruth Vered are now suing the Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals over its latest denial of their variance request. At issue?Curbed readers should be more than familiar with this by now?is the 16 foot tall statue the couple erected outside their home back in 2008. The town board deemed it a structure that required variances (which have all been denied) because it was too tall, too close to the property line and protruded into the sky plane. It didn't help that the pair chose to illuminate the sculpture at night, much to the dismay of some of the neighbors. However, Ms. Lehr and Ms. Vered consider this a first amendment issue and think "The Legs" should be exempt from the code because the art shouldn't fall under the board's jurisdiction.
Now they've filed an Article 78 contesting the board's decision. According to their lawyer:
"If in fact the sculpture is not a structure then the Board had and does not have any jurisdiction in this matter and it is Petitioner's contention that both the decisions of the Building Inspector and the Board in this regard are arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable and illegal in all respects." Sag Harbor's attorney has until July 5th to review the case and respond in court, but we already know one thing for certain. If you don't get your way, the solution in the Hamptons is to call in the lawyers.
· Lehr & Vered Sue Sag Harbor Village Over “Legs” Sculpture [Sag Harbor Express]
· All previous coverage of "The Legs" controversy [Curbed Hamptons]