Malibu has strict laws to cover building new homes and other environmental concerns. But when it comes to celebrity porta-potties, well even with local bylaws prohibiting homeowners from producing excessive odors, it seems the rules are going, going, gone, and the stench is still blowin’ in the wind. In the garden, under the moonlight, there’s a stink from latrine used by Bob Dylan’s security staff that allegedly has neighbors "tangled up in poo."
His neighbors, the Emmingers, say night after night they can smell the noxious fumes and even bought five industrial fans to send the stink back to Dylan, to no avail. Cindy Emminger told the Los Angeles Times:
It started in September. I’d go into the front yard and get nauseous. I couldn’t figure out at first where the smell was coming from, until I finally noticed that they had moved the porta-potty directly in front of my front door. We both have allergies and are sensitive to chemicals. It’s worse when it’s misty outside at night. We turn on the five fans, but it still gets inside our house. We’re not even using the upstairs now. We sleep downstairs.
The Emmingers claim that both Cindy and her 8 year old son have gotten ill from the nasty smell.
Malibu City Manager Jim Thorsen denied the Emmingers’ charge that officials allow celebrities to "dictate terms" to the city–though they did cave to Dylan when he was building the guard shack in 1989. The singer bypassed accessibility requirements by promising, in writing, that he "would not hire any handicapped persons" to work in the shack. He added the porta-potty later and the neighbors noticed the stanky smell in September. In January a city code enforcement officer was turned away by security guards who claimed the official was trespassing. An inspector told the Los Angeles Times:
He said they were going to sue the city.
Unbelievable. Bod Dylan, neighborhood bully. Or maybe it’s a clever ploy to draw attention to Dylan’s new album which comes out in April. Either way neither Dylan nor his attorney could be reached for comment