Sycamore Township 'zombie' nativity scene stays up despite orders to take it down

Published: Dec. 26, 2014 at 10:08 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 26, 2014 at 10:12 PM EST
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Dixon manages '13 Rooms of Doom' haunted house and says he had all kinds of props left but none of them were pretty (Photo: FOX19 NOW)


was ordered to be taken down Friday, however, it's still standing in Sycamore Township.

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On Tuesday, Sycamore Township ordered the nativity scene to be taken down.  Dixon had until Friday to take the scene down.  If he did not take down the exhibit, legal action would have been taken and he would be fined $1,000.

According to documents obtained by FOX19 NOW, Sycamore Township does not allow structures to be located in the front or the side yard to occupy more than 35 percent of the area. Also, the primary structure must be three feet from the street, and six feet from the house.

"They actually said that it is taking up about 35 percent of the yard, and it's not. We did the calculations and it's like 14, 17 percent," said Dixon.

No officials from Sycamore Township came by the zombie nativity scene Friday.

FOX19 NOW's Lindsey Wopschall reached out to Sycamore Township officials to ask if they plan to come by the home to serve Dixon the violation, but they did not wish to comment on the matter.

Dixon says this was his second violation since the exhibit was put up.

"I've lived here for 15 years and I've never had a violation of any kind," Dixon said. "It's a holiday decoration. I know if it was a real pretty nativity scene they wouldn't be saying anything," said Dixon.

Dixon has no plans on taking down the nativity scene. Instead he's using a

with a $5,000 goal to make a better zombie nativity scene next year.

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