Shopping center owner Lisa Reeves had originally requested a special permit to keep the dinosaurs and other carnival-like decorations in place at the castle-like center. But neighbors complained that they were deteriorating, and Gwinnett County’s planning department said the dinosaurs and other “displays of bright colors” could be considered “visual blight” that would negatively affect neighboring properties.
County planning commissioners, however, said they appreciated the Eiffel Tower. Visitors to Paragon can sometimes be seen taking pictures in front of it. Adeimy called it a “neat feature” on the property.
The Eiffel Tower, with static white lights, was granted a special permit to remain in place for one year.