CARMEL, Calif - A terrifying creature with enormous feet, sharp teeth, scary claws, and an extremely long tail is stalking a quiet neighborhood in Carmel.
It has been millions of years since dinosaurs roamed the earth but overnight one has showed up in the Kramer family's front yard. At first the neighborhood was in shock when the ten foot dinosaur statue made entirely from steel showed up. One neighbor, Robert Slaughter, says, "I was really surprised when I saw this thing arrive."
Robert Slaughter has lived in his home across the street from the Kramer's for forty-five years, and has never seen anything quite like this, but said, "I love it. I sit in my living room, and look at it through the trees. It's wonderful."
The majority of the neighbors seems to be in favor of it. It has even became a tourist attraction the past few days as people have come to admire the statue. However, Robert and other neighbors think the dinosaur might become extinct sooner than they would like because of the city's strict permit regulations.
Robert recalled when he was working on an addition to his house the city gave him a hard time, and he "had to fight city hall".
Marc Weiner, Senior City Planner, says, "municipal code requires a design study for any exterior change to residential property, so something like a dinosaur in a front yard requires a design study review."
The Kramer's are going to apply for this study in hopes that the dinosaur can stay, and the city said they will most likely let the Kramer's keep the dinosaur up until they make a decision.
In the meantime, Weiner says, "we will look at the aesthetics and neighborhood impacts, and how it affects the character of the neighborhood. It may get approved for the backyard, but it's unlikely it will get approved for the front yard."
But according to the majority of neighbors, the dinosaur fits in just fine.
Dennis Sullivan, a neighbor of the Kramer's, says it's not a nuisance or an eye sore, and "if it bothers someone you have to go out of your way to see it because you can barely see it from afar." In fact, Dennis had an even better idea: "put a fifty-thousand bolt fence up around the dinosaur, and that would make it really authentic, because now it can't escape", he laughs.