The City of Austin will pay $360,000 in attorneys' fees to Trudy's Texas Star Inc., which owns the South Congress Cafe, in the culmination of a six-year legal battle over the cafe's decision to build an outdoor deck without proper permits and city approval. Take it away, Statesman:
In the long legal battle, Trudy's did not dispute that it didn't secure the permits required to build the deck before starting construction.The judge in the case has given the city until June 2012 to "work with the restaurant's owners to come into compliance with the city code."
But it argued that the city sometimes allows landowners who have built improvements without the required approvals and permits to obtain them retroactively and that it entered into what amounted to a legal obligation allowing Trudy's to do so.
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[Photo: South Congress Cafe/Official]