One of the most unusual Christmas displays in the country might not be seen again in Palm Springs after inspectors cited numerous safety violations.
The department of Building and Safety recently issued a search warrant for the property that houses RoboLights each year. They identified 10 items of concern, according to the Desert Sun – including electrical receptacles and fixtures that aren’t meant to be used outside, roof top structures added without engineering or permits, too many extensions cords in use and stagnant water within the above ground pond.
The search was at the direction of the Palm Springs City Council and the man behind the display, Kenny Irwin, must address the issues by obtaining permits.
Irwin posted on Facebook that the city is “trying to shut me down” with “unreasonable demands”:
Irwin claims the improvements would cost $100,000 – and he can not afford that.
A petition on Change.org has been started seeking signatures to “convince the city of Palm Springs, Mayor Robert Moon, the city council, staff and city attorney to work harder with Kenny to ensure Robolights’ existence is feasible.”
As of this posting, the petition has 76 signatures.