Town Tells Man to Tear Down Daughter's Birthday Tree House

Friday, Jun 7, 2013  |  Updated 8:55 AM EDT
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Town Says 11-Year-Old's Tree House Must Go

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A father has been told he can't build a tree house for his daughter.

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It looks like a little Pennsylvania girl won't be getting the tree house she wants for her 11th birthday.

The Selinsgrove Zoning Board voted unanimously Thursday night to have J.C. Carlson remove a partially built tree house from his property.

Carlson started building the tree house last month for his daughter's birthday.

That's when officials in the town, which is located about 125 miles northwest of Philadelphia, told him he needed a building permit, and the tree house violated the borough's zoning laws.

Hundreds of students in Samantha Carlson's school signed a petition in support of keeping the tree house, but the zoning board disagreed with the childrens' wishes.

Carlson and his attorney plan to appeal the decision in Snyder County Court.

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