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Couple Wins Fight to Keep Their House Painted Like Van Gogh's Starry Night...

•, David Gornoski

Turning our eyes to our home, we see Earth. Inside this blue grain of sand and water, creatures are busy.

In my home state of Florida, I meet a quiet, determined lady named Nancy Nemhauser to interview on my A Neighbor's Choice radio show. She has good news, but her face is war-weary. Her town of Mt. Dora, Florida, just a few miles from where we meet, has decided to drop its thousands of dollars citation against her home.

Mt. Dora is an artsy little hamlet known for its murals and art festivals. A year ago, Nancy and her husband Lubomir decided to paint their house wall in an interpretation of Vincent van Gogh's famous Starry Night painting. They had no homeowners association, they checked with city code and no issue was raised. Yet after they painted it, they received a city citation claiming the wall art was graffiti—that the wall had to match the color of the house. So the couple decided to paint the whole house to match to avoid any issue.

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