Toronto family forced to dismantle, move backyard ‘pirate ship’ after complaint to city

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It was a labour of love when John Konstantinidis built a large “pirate ship” in his backyard to bring his kids joy in the middle of a pandemic. But the Toronto family says in the past couple of weeks a complaint from a neighbour led to city officials knocking on their door. Now, Konstantinidis has to dismantle the structure — which is actually part swimming pool and part deck — move it, and reassemble it. “The kids went crazy. I mean, bawling … They were very sad about it,” he said. “Kids always tend to be victims in such situations.” Konstantinidis says he doesn’t have any documentation from the city explaining the violation.