It now seems, after two position adjustments already, the County has settled on the perfect justification for their actions. "They were only enforcing the Fire Code". This is a very plausible position to establish as we all know how potentially dangerous it could be should one be unfortunate enough to get caught under an awning during a fire. One would only have FOUR unimpeded avenues of escape to traverse, at most, twenty feet.
This entire situation would be funny if it weren't so obviously ridiculous. "If you give them an inch, they will take a mile" seems to apply to more than your four year old.