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Giant skateboard draws complaints at Bethesda shop

Sunday - 4/27/2014, 2:15am  ET

skateboard Bethesda (courtesy Kaare Wieneke)

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- A Bethesda skateboard shop could face fines after failing to secure a permit for a 12-foot-long skateboard.

"It's become like a landmark," said Bethesda Scooters and Boards co-owner Tyson Plumbtree.

Plumbtree and co-owner Kaare Wieneke hung the giant skateboard outside their store on Fairmont Avenue without securing a permit and zoning officials contacted them after someone filed a complaint about the decoration.

"If you want to do something like this, the county blatently told me, look, we'd never let you do it," Plumbtree said. "So I didn't even ask them."

The skateboard needs to be removed or be properly permitted, or Plumbtree and Wieneke could be fined $500, they told WTOP.

Plumbtree said he would take it down if he hears from the community that it's unwelcome, or if officials build a skate park for children in the area.

WTOP's Mike Murillo reached out to Montgomery County zoning officials for comment but has not heard back.

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