- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 12, 2005

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. — A Florida man painted his $4 million mansion Pepto-Bismol pink after a neighbor complained to the city about his artificial grass.

Officials on Marco Island told Ed Ehlen that he would have to remove $19,000 in man-made grass from the yard of his new resort home, but he refused and retaliated by slopping pink paint with green and blue polka dots on the side of the house facing the complaining neighbor’s home.

“They said it wasn’t ‘aesthetically pleasing.’ I thought, ‘I’ll show you what isn’t aesthetically pleasing,’” Mr. Ehlen, 39, told the Orlando Sentinel.

Mr. Ehlen says he will repaint the home before he and his wife move in, but will unleash his “pit-bull lawyer” on anyone who tries to rip up his artificial turf.

The city is concerned about tiny pellets of recycled tire rubber that serve as fill under the grass. Tests showed the pellets can wash into storm sewers and nearby canals, posing a danger to fish, wildlife and boat motors.

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