• Judge halts fines against owners of Mount Dora ‘Starry Night'

    By: WFTV Web Staff


    LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - An attorney for the Mount Dora family has filed a federal complaint against the city.

    A federal judge granted this week a temporary restraining order against the city of Mount Dora in the ongoing saga of the fight over a giant mural.

    Read: Fines accruing against homeowners with ‘Starry Night' mural in Mount Dora

    The order stops Mount Dora from levying fines against the owners of the "Starry Night" house.

    Homeowners Nancy Nemhauser and Ludomir Jastrzebski were fined $100 per day, totaling $9,000.

    City offiicals said the mural was first classified as graffiti, but later said it's considered a sign, which is a code violation in a residential area. City officials argue a sign violation serves as an advertisement for the artist, despite the artist's name included on the mural.

    Read: Magistrate judge to decide if Mount Dora man's 'Starry Night' mural violates code

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