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What's Buggin' You? Beetle Bug

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A Glen Rose couple has an old Volkswagen Bug in front of their business. The city said they want it gone.

The bug in front of the Junkyard Dog Antique Shop has become just as popular as the Dinosaur Park and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose.

The colorful planter was the idea of Christine Clark, a member of the Glen Rose Garden Club. She bought it in 2004 for $50.

The bug was auctioned that day and sold to the owner of the Petal's Antique Shop.

It's been at the same location ever since even after the business was sold to Deidra Cockerham and her husband of Junk Yard Dogs.

Then, a new code inspector came to town.  

In January, the Cockerham's got a ticket from the code inspector telling them the bug has to go.

No registration, no inspection sticker, no engine means the bug is considered a junked vehicle under state law. Fines can add up to $2,000 a day if it's not removed.

The city said if they allow one, they should allow other junked vehicles on front lawns.

The Cockerham's said they have the city's own law on their side.

In 2004, the city council passed a variance, classifying the bug as a "work of art" and not subject to the junk car ordinance.

The city even called it an oversized planter. It said the variance was issued to the previous owner and became void when it was sold to the Cockerham's.

The couple and their supporters said they're not going down without a fight.

UPDATE (March 26, 5:20 p.m.):  The City has decided to drop the citation and allow the Cockerhams to keep the Bug.

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