What else is left to do if you’re a high-profile lawyer who also happened to be a Marine veteran and a history buff with a spare $600,000? For Tony Buzbee, he knew he could not pass up when the opportunity of owning a World War II tank presented itself in 2017. He just had to buy it. Everything was going well and according to his plans until his neighbors at the River Oaks Property Owners woke up and saw the tank parked on the street through their windows. What ensued after was the Home Owners Association fiasco.
Perhaps no one would expect a fully operational tank parked on the street in front of a million-dollar home in the community River Oaks , but why not? After all, this is America. When Buzbee parked his newly-restored M4 Sherman tank named “Cheyenne,” other history buffs like him and curious children were thrilled to see and even climb the tank. Others would even stop their cars to go out and pose for pictures.
Tony Buzbee was more than pleased to see others admiring and enjoying his tank, but not everyone felt the same. When his neighbors woke up to the sight of the tank, they immediately contacted the River Oaks Property Owners, the homeowners association, to let them know about their concerns relating to the tank: It increased traffic from sightseers, and they were worried about their safety.