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'Real World' Neighbor Sues to Block Filming

(Posted September 1, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( A neighbor of the latest "Real World" production is suing to stop the MTV series from filming its 17th season in the Florida Keys -- or at least next door to his house.

Ed Swift, who lives next door to where "The Real World: Key West" is preparing to film, filed the suit last week, asking for an injunction against further production work on the property adjacent to his. Swift says crews from the show have installed large outdoor lights that shine "brighter than the Key West High School football field during a nighttime game," and he anticipates "constant commotion and noise" once the cast arrives and begins filming.

Swift also claims the 6,000-square-foot house -- which is actually outside the Key West city limits in an area called Key Haven -- isn't zoned for a commercial activity like filming, according to reports in two Keys newspapers. However, filming on private property in Monroe County, Fla., doesn't require a permit, a county official says.

A spokesman for Bunim-Murray Productions, which produces "The Real World," declined comment on the suit but tells the Key West Citizen that the show "looks forward to a successful season in Monroe County and to showcasing the area to the world."

Swift's lawsuit isn't the first time "The Real World" has faced challenges to its production. The show's location in Chicago a few years ago was the subject of protests -- and vandalism -- from neighbors. Last year, protests from union members temporarily shut down pre-production of the show in Philadelphia; Bunim-Murray eventually worked out a deal to use union labor for some jobs renovating the house.

Source: Zap2it

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