Manatee County allows family to keep playhouse for daughter

The big playhouse will stay after the county grants a building permit.

ELLENTON, Fla. – Manatee County has given an Ellenton couple at the center of a zoning dispute last month permission to keep a playhouse for their 3-year-old girl.

The county issued a permit to the Przybyla family, who spent about $5,000 and three months building a playhouse for their daughter Layla.

“It is with much joy we share that Layla gets to continue to host tea parties, dress up as a princess and play with her friends in her playhouse,” the father Jason Pryzbyla said in a statement. “Yesterday, Manatee County issued the permit we applied for in August of 2017 after county officials sat down and took another look at the code and saw that the code does in fact allow Layla to have her playhouse on her adjoining vacant lot.”

Initially, a neighbor complained to the county about the location of the playhouse. Any structure on a vacant lot must have a permit, according to a county zoning ordinance. The Przybylas own the lot separately from their home’s lot next door.

They said the lesson they took away from this experience is something every homeowner could learn from.

"Get everything in writing," Jayson Przybyla said.

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Before building the playhouse, the Przybyla had an attorney check with the county.

"We're extremely grateful for the coverage," said Lauren Przybyla. "The playhouse is here for Layla and I think it's great that she gets to keep something that fosters a three year old's development."

Previously, county officials had denied ever giving the couple the go-ahead to build the treehouse.

10News reporter Josh Sidorowicz contributed to this report.

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