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I'll just post this and let it ride! (PS - I love this!)

OK - the story as I know it........

Their son is autistic and liked looking at an art book with Starry Night by Van Gogh in it, so they commissioned a painter to paint it on their wall.

The city told them they would not allow graffiti because - "it has 'squiggles' in it*" - and that a fine of $100/day would be levied against them, up to the value of their home if it was not removed.

* The mayor really said 'squiggles'.

The order was to 'make the wall and the house compliant with each other' - so they painted the house in the same Starry Night theme, matching the wall as the order demanded.

The city didn't see the humor in that, so they got the city attorney to seek more charges for code violations.

The short version is that the owners won the case because so many people stated they liked it, that the mayor went on their local TV and ......

Florida mayor apologized Wednesday to a couple fined thousands of dollars for having their home's exterior painted to emulate Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night."

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Mount Dora City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday that Lubomir Jastrzebski and Nancy Nemhauser can keep the blue-and-yellow paint swirled on their walls in the style of van Gogh's masterpiece.

The settlement also requires the city to pay them $15,000 and remove a property lien to end the nearly yearlong code enforcement case.

Mayor Nick Girone publicly apologized to the couple Wednesday at city hall, adding that his city has a long history of supporting artists. Mount Dora, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Orlando, hosts one of the largest art shows in central Florida.
Mount Dora mayor extends 'sincere apology' for 'unfortunate dispute' over van Gogh 'Starry Night' house

A court settlement allows the Starry Night House to stay in Mount Dora.
.....since the video at the end here (^) is owned by The Orlando (Florida) Sentinel, I can only make a hotlink to it and not embed it in this post. Sorry, but some people are like that! :(


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I love it. I drive past it a couple times a week. The city really came on heavy handed, and they were hypocritical and bullyish.

I'm glad the city stepped off. The house really adds charm to Mt. Dora.
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