Couple Ordered to Stop Blasting Gilligan's Island Theme
Just sit right back and you'll hear the tale of an Orange, County, California couple that was so obsessed with the theme from the classic 1960s TV show Gilligan's Island, they blasted it on repeat in their yard -- until a judge ordered them to can it.
Superior Court Judge Kimberly Knill ordered billionaire Bill Gross, 76, and investor and his partner, Amy Schwartz, 51, to not violate the noise provisions of the Laguna Beach municipal code or play music on their outdoor speakers when they are not in the yard or pool area of their seaside estate, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The decision followed a trial for dueling civil harassment orders that started back on November 9, in which the neighbor, Mark Towfiq, claimed Gross and Schwartz started blasting the music, not for their love of the show, as the defendants claimed, but as retribution for an earlier complaint Towfig filed against them over an ornate lawn sculpture the defendants placed on their property.
Towfiq testified that the 22-foot-long installation featuring swimming marlin, fishing globes and cobalt-colored reeds “wasn’t necessarily our style,” didn't bother him and his wife, Carol, but they were less pleased when their neighbors in April erected a 12-foot-high netting structure to protect the sculpture during tree trimming and stormy weather — yet it rarely came down. Nakahara, on the stand, called it “legitimately like a big soccer net.”
A portion of the trial was spent on the noise complaints, including the allegation that Gross and Schwartz played the theme song to Gilligan’s Island on a loop at all hours. Towfiq testified it was “almost like PTSD.”