Palm Beach Council hit with lawsuits over home plan rejection

Paul Rampell
Paul Rampell

A Palm Beach couple is turning to state and federal court in an effort to fight the Town Council’s recent vote to reject plans to build a new home in the town’s North End neighborhood.

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Attorney Paul Rampell and his wife Rita filed lawsuits in Palm Beach Circuit Court and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida over the council’s reversal of the Palm Beach Architectural Commission’s vote in favor of the proposed house at 237 Ridgeview Drive. Last month, Council members voted 3-2 to overturn the commission’s approval. The council members who voted to reverse the approval cited the differences between the design of the Rampells home and surrounding residences in the neighborhood.

The couple claims in the lawsuits that the council should have restricted its review of the plans to what was presented during the August hearing before the Architectural Commission, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. They want a federal judge to rule that certain sections of the town code governing architectural standards are unconstitutional. [Palm Beach Daily News]Eric Kalis