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The Flag-Graffiti Builder Wins His Case Against the Southampton ARB

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Still has to build new house

Michael White, the Southampton builder who sprayed painted the American flag all over his house at 81 Wooley Street last summer, has won his lawsuit against the Southampton Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review. He'd had permission to demolish the house, but the ARB denied his plans for a 3000-square-foot new house with a 25-foot setback. So, after painting Old Glory on the facade of the house to be demolished, he did the red-blooded American thing and sued the ARB. According to the Southampton Press, the State Supreme Court for Suffolk County ruled that the "ARB did not have the jurisdiction to modify zoning restrictions."