Stanislaus County is going after an Oakdale woman they claim has held unlawful weddings in an agricultural zone. But the owner of Robinson Family Ranch said she’s not breaking any laws, and the county is just overstepping their authority.
Constance Robinson calls the Robinson Family Ranch her family’s dream realized.
A quaint barn among acres of almond trees now at the center of a brewing controversy.
“They’re being bullies. I’ve watched this before with this county,” Robinson, owner of Robinson Family Ranch said.
Stanislaus County is going after the Oakdale woman after receiving a few complaints that unlawful weddings were being held on her property.
“The big problem that we’re trying to obtain compliance on is both noise and traffic,” said John Doering, counsel for Stanislaus County.
Doering said they’ve counted at least seven weddings this summer. Robinson said they were nothing more than private family functions.
“We had our family reunion, which I have proof of, and we have had two baby showers,” Robinson explained.
The ranch owner admitted to hosting some weddings, but claimed they were family or extended family members who have tied the knot.
“It’s our constitutional right to gather peacefully on our property. We’re not breaking any laws,” she said.
County officials explained to FOX40, it doesn’t matter if the weddings are commercial or private, they’re simply not allowed in an agricultural zone.
“It’s not overstepping our bounds. We have clear authority to proceed to abate nuisances, and that’s what this condition is,” Doering said.
Robinson said she plans to stand by her right to gather at her ranch.
“This is big government reaching and trying to hurt a local citizen,” she said.
Robinson also said that she keeps the music contained to the barn when she does have functions.
The county counsel added that they’re willing to work with Robinson so she doesn’t have to cancel any planned weddings, and if she doesn’t comply, they plan to take legal action.