Horse owner fights to keep barn after town says it’s too close to property line

For 20 years, a pretty little red barn has sat next to a home on Palomino Drive in Southwest Ranches, a rural paradise known for its “live and let live” approach.

But now, the same barn that has given horses shelter and sanctuary is in the crosshairs of town officials, all over a matter of inches.

Southwest Ranches officials say the barn is in violation of town code because it was built too close to the property line. If homeowners Brad McBride and wife Michele don’t move the barn or tear it down, they could face a fine of $500 a day, town officials say.

McBride, who was cited on Oct. 15, has filed a lawsuit against the town in an attempt to save his barn. A hearing before the town’s special magistrate is set for Tuesday.

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