For the past three years Snowzilla has been appearing in an east Anchorage, Alaska neighbourhood. This year the giant snowman is back and estimated to be 25 feet tall with a stovepipe hat and eyes made out of beer bottles.
Last year Snowzilla disappeared after being handed a cease-and-desist order, but you can’t keep a giant snowman down. Snowzilla came back to life in spite of City Hall before dawn on Tuesday morning.
Snowzilla has come to Billy Powers’ front yard for the past three years appearing out of nowhere. In 2005 he was just a little thing, a mere 16 feet. He always has his carrot nose, corncob pipe and those beer bottle eyes.
Powers believes the big guy is rather handsome. He and his seven children have helped bring the snowman to life every year gathering snow from neighbour’s yards to help ole Snowzilla get bigger.
City officials have already issued a cease-and-desist order tacked publicly on Powers’ door. The official stance is that Snowzilla isn’t safe and he brings in so much traffic to the street its an endangerment.
The Associated Press reports:
This property owner has repeatedly ignored city attempts to find ways to accommodate his desire to build a giant snowman without affecting the quiet, residential quality of the neighborhood,” said the statement from Mayor Mark Begich’s office. “This is a neighborhood of small homes on small lots connected by small streets. It can’t support the volume of traffic and revelers that are interested in Snowzilla.”
Powers said the city is making him jump through goofy hoops. It could be also that the city is upset over the 13 years of violated land use codes and the unpaid $100,000 in fines and other assessments that the man owes. Then again it could be because he seems to be running a large junk and salvage operation from his residence.
I have tried to jump through every goofy hoop they have sent to me. I have never been confrontational and it goes on and on and on and it is so goofy,” he said. “Some of it is unfounded, some is just outrageous.”
Snowzilla may have a few days of rest before clearing out of town for the year, the city doesn’t plan to take further action until after Christmas.