Wednesday, he went to the Tyler city council to seek permission to rent out parts of the property, opening a bed and breakfast, and charging for public tours.
The council denied permission, saying commercial activity is not allowed on a residentially zoned property, the Dallas Morning News said.
Afterward, Cruz said he didn't know how he'll come up with the money, but he would not put the mansion on the market.
"We're going to try everything we can to stay," Cruz said. "God gave us this house. It's not for sale."
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