"Our choice was to rebuild," Mr. Whitney said, in a video he recently made with his family to draw attention to the issue and fight the village decision. "It's not fair. What they did is not fair."
WWII vet fights village seizure of private property for public market →
The veteran, Frank Whitney, says he's owned the store for 25 years and that Saltaire village officials are purposely preventing him from fixing the structure by refusing to issue him permits, The New York Post reported.