Florida homeowners get to keep 'Starry Night' murals on Mount Dora home

Posted at 9:02 AM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-18 11:33:19-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mayor must apologize to a couple fined thousands of dollars for having their home's exterior painted to emulate a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the Mount Dora City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday that Lubomir Jastrzebski and Nancy Nemhauser can keep the blue-and-yellow paint swirled on their walls in the style of van Gogh's painting "The Starry Night."

The settlement agreement also says the city must pay them $15,000 and remove a property lien to end the nearly yearlong code enforcement case.

Mayor Nick Girone reportedly planned a public apology on Wednesday.

Nemhauser said she's "delighted and ecstatic." The artist who painted the murals, Richard Barrenechea, calls it "a big day for the arts."