We the People, Demand the Starry Night Painted Home of Autism in Mount Dora be Left Alone
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As a Mother who also lives with Autism and would do what ever I can for my son's happiness, I just simply could not sit here and do nothing to try and help this Family who is also living with Autism. This is the most disappointing action I've ever heard of; not only resulting in a Ridiculous Nightmare all set in motion, not just by the overwhelmingly sad actions from the City of Mount Dora's Code in Enforcement; but moreover by the one or more individuals who set this all in motion by making a Complaint, Targeting AND Clearly Bullying this Sweet, Sweet Family. They should be ashamed of themselves! If you AGREE with me after reading below the recent and OMG! Unbelievable actions of making this family an example for showing LOVE? Are you kidding me?! Rather, really seeing this for what it is. I know I can't possibly be the only one that feels this way....Bullying this Family Because you have the Power in your Hands. Stop this Utter Nonsense already! Help Me, Help this Family. I'm asking for YOU to sign this petition in favor of Nancy Nemhauser and Ludomir Jastrzebski, the Owners of this Beautiful Starry Night Home. Let every signature signed here stand for, We the People, Demand the Starry Night Painted Home of Autism in Mount Dora be Left Alone. This Family deserves an Apology from the City not Heart-Ache. Please Share, Sign, &
As of Feb. 1, 2018. MOUNT DORA — The price of keeping the controversial “Starry Night” mural on a Mount Dora home got sky high Thursday when a city magistrate approved city officials’ request to increase fines against the homeowners.Mount Dora Code Enforcement inspectors declared the mural graffiti last year but officials later rescinded that ruling and instead dubbed it an illegal sign. In December, City Code Enforcement Magistrate David Tegeler imposed fines of $100 a day but capped the penalty at 31 days, for a total of $3,100.In recent months, the homeowners, Nancy Nemhauser and Ludomir Jastrzebski, have not shown any signs of giving in to city demands that they paint over the mural but have instead hired an attorney and have filed suit against the city. So on Thursday, at the city’s request, the magistrate extended the $100-a-day penalty retroactively, meaning the fine is now $8,000 and will increase $100 a day.During the hearing, Sherry Sutphen, the city’s attorney said the city’s end goal regarding this matter is “compliance.” She said she hopes the accruing fine will serve as “motivation” for the homeowners to comply by painting over it and that the city feels the mural serves as a distraction to pedestrians and motorists and poses a safety hazard.Sutphen said the accrual of fines is in accordance with Florida Statutes.The homeowners’ attorney Jeremy Talcott, with Pacific Legal Foundation, said he will file an opening brief in court next week to challenge the city’s fine.He said the same Florida Statute Sutphen referred to gives authority to a magistrate to lower or stay fines in instances where the violation is causing no harm or damages. He said the city’s claim the mural is a safety hazard is unfounded since there are no reports of accidents or other safety issues.Talcott asked for a stay on the fine order until the circuit court date, but to no avail.After the hearing, he said though he is disappointed with the imposition of additional fines, is more concerned with the true heart of the matter.“The fines don’t matter if the underlying violation is unconstitutional, so we’re going to push forward with our appeal with the Circuit Court and try to get that court to acknowledge the fact that the (sign) code being applied to this mural and to this family has numerous unconstitutional infirmities,” Talcott said.He said he feels his clients are being targeted because many other homes and businesses in town are painted with designs that could be considered in violation using the city’s sign code.
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