TAMPA,FL (WFLA) – The owners of a Lutz mansion, that formerly served as a house for strippers was found to be a repeat violator of Hillsborough County code Friday. The owner of the mansion, Gordon Lownds and his attorney appeared before the code enforcement board to answer allegations that the home was rented out for a party June 6th. The homeowner was not fined but faces fines in the future if there are other parties at the mansion that are found to be public events.
“It was not supported by any evidence whatsoever. All my client is trying to do is to utilize his property. As I said back in April in the same manner that every other property owner in Hillsborough county is allowed to utilize their property,” said Lownds attorney Susan Johnson-Velez.
“They had that on the internet. It was all over it so it’s kind of like they brought it upon themselves, they made it public,” said Jim Blinck with Hillsborough County Code Enforcement.
But the parties at the home can continue. There is a wedding reception scheduled at the home August 2nd. The owner even received permission from the county. “If it’s something outside the use of a residential property they need to get approval,” added Blinck. The owner will not face any fines now, only if there is found to be another party without the county’s approval.
“No other homeowner in Hillsborough County is required to allow to code enforcement to inspect their property each time they want to have a party. It’s treating him differently for no reason whatsoever,” said Johnson-Velez.
Neighbors who live next to the mansion weren’t thrilled with the outcome of the hearing. “We are going to have to keep our eye on this property we are going to have to bring any activities to the attention of the county,” said Cheval resident Ron Harmer. The county feels confident that today’s hearing will be the end of the problems with the mansion on Ramblewood. “I hope so, I hope we sent the message today,” said Blinck.