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Australian's rainbow fence has officials seeing red, orange, yellow...
Australian's rainbow fence has officials seeing red, orange, yellow...

Wooden pickets of white, cream, beige, brown, gray and black stand guard over a sun-baked streetscape of bland fences and facades in suburban Port Melbourne. Then there's 23 Raglan St. The owner, Alex Skopellos, painted his pickets the colors of the rainbow, sparking a continuing, two-year battle with municipal authorities, threats of $3,820 in fines and legal fees, and a cat-and-mouse game with bureaucrats. Last month, the municipal council offered Skopellos the choice of a palate of "heritage" colors and ordered him to repaint his fence. The 29-year-old chef, whose favorite color is purple, reacted with dismay. "There were lots of different shades of white....

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