Neighbors Have High-Heeled Pacing Halted At Posh Condo
Feb. 08, 1989
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Berenice Rogers can keep her Italian tile, but she could end up behind bars if she slips into a pair of high heels for a stroll about her condo.
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Richard Burk ruled Tuesday that if Mrs. Rogers again bothers her downstairs neighbors with noisy nocturnal footsteps, she could be held in contempt of court.
''I feel that I have been treated like Jack the Ripper,'' Mrs. Rogers said Wednesday.
Bernard and Sonja Arbuse, who live directly below Mrs. Rogers at the Sun and Surf condominium, claimed in court the problem began five years ago - when Mrs. Rogers had Italian tile laid in her $235,000 condo at the seaside complex.
The judge refused a request by the couple's attorney, Charles Nugent, that Mrs. Rogers be ordered to install carpeting.
''I don't believe Mrs. Rogers is required to give up her right to decorate,'' said Burk. ''And I don't believe I can require her to stop walking.''
Mrs. Rogers, who said she has not worn high heels in her apartment for 3 1/ 2 years, praised the judge for allowing her to keep the Italian tiles.
''But I'm at the mercy of my neighbors,'' she complained. ''If they think they hear something, then I can be held in contempt of court.''