Wilmington woman gets citation for her 13-year-old fence

The City of Wilmington issued a citation to Missy Pretlow for having her fence too tall.
The City of Wilmington issued a citation to Missy Pretlow for having her fence too tall.(WECT)
Updated: Mar. 22, 2019 at 2:55 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A woman in Wilmington got a citation from the city to remove a 13-year-old privacy fence from her yard after the community complained.

According to the citation, Missy Pretlow must remove her fence or face a $100 fine.

Her fence was repaired after Hurricane Florence damaged it. Pretlow said the fence was originally six feet tall but City of Wilmington Spokesperson Malissa Talbert said the fence was four feet before the hurricane. The added height is the reason Pretlow was cited.

“I’ve never been up against City Hall before, but I’m not going down without a fight," Pretlow said. “It’s our property and our safety and our peace of mind.”

She said the fence helps keep trash out of her yard and creates a sound barrier to traffic.

Talbert said the city issued a notice to Pretlow in February as a warning. Since Pretlow did not comply then, she received a citation of $100 on March 13.

Pretlow said she does not plan to pay the $100 fine.

The city is hoping to work with her to bring the fence in compliance with city guidelines.

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