Concert promoter Charles Attal had a crew cut down some dead trees on his own property to eliminate a fire hazard, without first pleading with bureaucrats for permission. Naturally, he will be punished:
West Lake Hills (Texas) officials say that he broke the law and that unless he replants trees he could face tens of thousands of dollars in fines. …
The decision on whether to pursue a lawsuit and criminal charges against Attal will come before the West Lake Hills City Council at its Wednesday meeting.
Attal estimates that it could cost as much as $140,000 to replant all the trees the bureauweenies demand. He gasps,
“I didn’t think I needed to get anyone to come and tell me if I could or couldn’t take out some dead cedar trees. If I’d known I needed to get a dead cedar tree removal permit I would have gone and done it.”
To avoid having something similar happen to you, follow this rule of thumb: if the government doesn’t demand that you do it, you need permission to do it.
On a tip from AC.