Mural on mansion used to fight Town Hall: Homeowner uses painted hood to 'fight oppression'

Some see Ku Klux Klan symbolism which owner denies

Marty O'Boyle's mansion in Gulf Stream overlooks a canal off the Intracoastal Waterway.

So do the eyes of a hood painted on the side.
 
"I don't think we use any imagery relative to the Ku Klux Klan," said O'Boyle. "I think we use imagery relative to a hood. And I think a hood stands for oppression."
 
Next to the hood, it says, "Stop the oppression."
 
He also calls town commissioners thugs.
 
They recently denied his requests to build a higher roof.
 
"I did not think they should impose their tastes on me," said O'Boyle.
 
The painting also says it's satire.
 
"I am creative. I have complete appreciation of the first amendment."
 
But neighbor Laura Wehrle didn't find it funny. "That's pretty scary, actually," she said.
 
O'Boyle has made political points before, like hiring actors last year to protest then-state attorney Michael McAuliffe over DUI charges his daughter faced.
 
He insists that commissioners dared him into this one, that this was his way of remodeling within the law.
 
"If I were a neighbor, I don't know that I would like it one bit," said O'Boyle.
 
Yet he hopes neighbors see this as an expression of the first amendment, not of a celebration of a group with a brutal history.
 
"I don't know anybody in the Klan. I never have. I never want to. I don't know what they do, but from what I've seen on TV, they're not my style of people, " said O'Boyle.
 
The city manager said he had no comment. The mayor could not be reached for comment.
 

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