One of our old time marine contractors built a seawall that is 1.5 ft too high than the allowed maximum. No special circumstances of whatsoever. He claims that he made an honest mistake, that our elevation markers are off in that area, etc, etc. We don't believe it. We're pretty positive that he planned all this, i.e. make up a good story, get after the fact variance. We really don't want to grant the variance, but he will be all lawyered up (it was $100K+ job) and all we have to say "well, his "mistake" was intentional"... Also, this case does not meet any of the standards of determination set in the process. He just did it.
Does anyone have any experience with something like this. He will push.