WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Homeowner's in Historic Downtown Wilmington hope a judge will put the Dudley Mansion out of business. Neighbors are not the only ones holding their breath in the lawsuit involving the city and the owners of the home. Future brides could be facing their worst nightmare.
A judge heard the case involving Ron and Cynthia Pickett, who own on the home on South Front Street, and the city today, but he wants more time to review the case. The city wants a preliminary injunction to stop the Picketts from running a business from their residential home. Neighbors and the city claim the Picketts are violating a zoning codes by operating a meeting and events center.
The Picketts want the court to let them go ahead with 20 weddings. In return they will remove all advertising promoting and using of their home, but neighbors say they've had enough.
"I wish we could all have our needs met, but I feel that as a homeowner, my rights, my peacefulness at my home, is more important than somebody else's desire to have a party next door," neighbor Phoebe Bragg said.
The next wedding is scheduled for August 14. The city does not want to cancel the weddings, but is requesting they be moved to another location for the sake of the residents in the community. The Picketts refused to talk to WWAY about what happened today in court.