Press Release

Mayor will apologize to Mount Dora’s “Starry Night” homeowners

Mount Dora, Florida; July 18, 2018: At a news conference today, Mayor Nick Girone will issue a public apology to Nancy Nemhauser and Lubomir Jastrzebski, owners of the popular “Starry Night” house in the artsy community of Mount Dora.

When Nancy and Lubomir painted their house in the likeness of Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night,” they didn’t expect to become a national story. But after city officials trampled the couple’s First Amendment rights by ordering them to remove the mural and threatening significant fines, that’s exactly where they found themselves.

Nancy and Lubomir sued, represented free of charge by Pacific Legal Foundation. Last night, they declared victory as the Mount Dora City Council voted unanimously to settle the lawsuit, allowing them to keep their mural.

“This is a huge win for Nancy and Lubomir,” Jeremy Talcott, attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation, said. “The agreement is a total victory for their liberties and those of everyone in Mount Dora. The family will get to complete the mural, and the city will revise its unconstitutional sign code.”

More information about Nancy and Lubomir’s story is available at pacificlegal.org/starrynight.


For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Collin Callahan at ccallahan@pacificlegal.org.

Case Attorneys

Jeremy Talcott

Attorney

Jeremy Talcott joined the Pacific Legal Foundation in 2016. He focuses on property rights, administrative law, and the separation of powers and federalism principles that (ought to) define American government. … ›

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Joshua P. Thompson

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Joshua Thompson joined Pacific Legal Foundation in August 2007. He primarily litigates cases involving equality under the law, economic liberty, school choice, and coastal land rights. Joshua was raised in … ›

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Anastasia P. Boden

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Anastasia Boden is an attorney in PLF’s Economic Liberty Project, where she challenges anti-competitive licensing laws and laws that restrict freedom of speech. Anastasia’s practice largely consists of representing entrepreneurs … ›

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Christina M. Martin

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Christina Martin is an attorney at PLF’s Florida office in Palm Beach Gardens. She litigates cases around the country to protect individual rights, property rights, and the rule of law.  … ›

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