Here's the thing about Real Housewives drama: Just when you think it's all been settled, some new issue rears up and bitch-slaps you across the face.
So if you thought the beef between Lisa Hochstein and the Miami Design Preservation League ended when the reality star and her "Boob God" husband got their application to tear down their home approved in spite of MDPL's efforts to save it, think again.
Leonard Hochstein has filed a lawsuit against the City of Miami Beach, claiming its rules for historic designation are unconstitutional.
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The Miami Herald reports that the Hochsteins's suit claims that Miami Beach city code, which allows any organization to petition for protected historic status of any building, is being "illegally enforced" because it infringes on the Hochsteins's constitutional rights. It also claims that the MDPL's application for historic designation is preventing the homeowners from moving ahead with getting permits for their construction plans.
The lawsuit was filed March 22. On March 26, the MDPL filed its own appeal to overturn the city's decision to approve the Hochsteins's plans for their property on Star Island.
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Jose Smith, an attorney for Miami Beach, told the Herald that similar rulings have recently found in favor of the city, pointing to a Florida Third District decision that rejected claims that "a neighborhood association much like MDPL lacked standing to appeal an adverse ruling from a county board."
Now that the city's decision has been appealed, the Hochsteins's plans will be reconsidered. Looks like this drama could extend for months -- maybe all the way into season three.
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