From the Record/Herald:
Theodoros “Ted” Papas has the nicest pool on the block.
His 5-year-old daughter calls it “the beach.” Some in the neighborhood call it the “Taj Mahal” of pools.
But no one is wiling away the hot summer days in the $80,000 oasis, built on the edge of a 30-foot cliff in Ridgefield.
Papas and his family have been banned from the back yard because of an escalating spat with borough officials and his neighbor, Joseph N. Deguilmo.
Officials revoked permits for the pool and deck, saying a former building official mistakenly overlooked deviations from the original building plans. They have fined Papas $6,000 for three building violations, plus another $1,500 every day the pool remains out of compliance – and they have banned him from his own back yard until the violations are resolved.
The pool fight came to a head on Father’s Day, when Papas illegally held a party with about 10 friends and their children. Deguilmo called police, who visited the home three times to order the guests out of the pool. On the third trip, police posted a red sign on a gate entrance to the back yard, signaling it was off-limits.
Ridgefield officials say Theodoros “Ted” Papas violated the following three ordinances:
Building a fence higher than 6 feet. The retaining wall around the pool is double that in some places, the borough says.
Paving more than 40 percent of a back yard with impervious materials. The area around the pool is covered with brick pavers.
Building without a permit. Papas moved part of the retaining wall to satisfy the borough but failed to get a permit first.