July 18, 2018

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.


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