WINTER PARK, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The Johannessen Family holiday light display in Winter Park is so big and so elaborate, a national network TV show featured it in 2016.
Thousands of people visit every holiday season to experience the staggering 350,000 lights used to make the spectacle shine so brightly, but a few months before Christmas 2018, the Johannessens got a visit from Orange County code enforcement.
At issue were the “temporary structures” the family uses to elevate some of the lights and figures. The county told them the structures are a violation and would need to be dealt with in January.
So, the Johannessen’s put up a sign in the middle of the display detailing what the county told them and asking visitors to sign a petition, letting the county know they support the lights continuing. It has a thousand signatures, so far.
The News Station contacted the county and now things are changing. A spokesperson tells us, "Orange County has absolutely no code enforcement issues with the holiday decorations of temporary structures for holiday lights at this address."
"It's just a great relief… to know that we can share this with the community," says Eric Johannesssen.