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Couple files lawsuit against Northumberland County following denial of tourist home permit

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Northumberland County is being hauled into court again.
In February, the county was sued by a youngster and her parents over actions and inactions in a case where a school resource officer had an illegal relationship with the girl. Now, it’s being sued by a couple whose request for a permit to operate a “tourist home” in their house in the Twin Harbours subdivision was not met with approval.
During the summer of 2013, Jay Lightfoot and Susan Titus asked the board of supervisors for a conditional use permit to operate their Twin Harbours house as a tourist home. The couple told the board that they needed to do it because the recent economic turn down had put them in the position of not being able to keep the house unless they could generate income from it. The pair had supporters from the subdivision but opponents as well, and the Board denied their request.
On March 26, Lightfoot and Titus filed a pair of lawsuits against the county seeking a declaratory judgment, a temporary injunction and damages for…

—Read the full story in the April 16 issue of the Northumberland Echo!