Although a judge decided in favor of the production, as reality blurred first reported yesterday, the producers of The Real World Key West are required to make some changes as a result of his decision.
Judge Mark Jones said that “Bunim-Murray Productions cannot add any more lights on the property and may not have any helicopters filming from above the neighborhood,” according to the Key West Citizen. Additionally, they “cannot turn on the lights on the tennis court, which abuts the Swift property.” The Swifts live next door to the house used by the show, and asked the judge for an injunction to force producers to stop filming.
“I believe this is temporary. The direct impact is lighting. They have lights, lots of lights. There were lights that no one expects in a residential neighborhood,” Jones said.
The judge apparently didn’t address the fact that the show house has become a tourist attraction. The paper reminds us of the central irony in the case, though: Ed “Swift is president of Historic Tours of America, which runs the Conch Tour Train and Old Town Trolley sightseeing tours in Key West. The popular tours point out landmarks and individual homes to island visitors.”