Mount Dora leaders to discuss 'Starry Night' mural lawsuit

City argues painting is code violation


MOUNT DORA, Fla. – Mount Dora leaders are expected to meet Monday to discuss a federal lawsuit surrounding a controversial "Starry Night" mural on a home. 

The painting, inspired by 19th century Post-Impressionist Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, was completed last summer on a house along West Sixth Street in Mount Dora. 

City leaders say the mural is a code violation and presents safety concerns for drivers.

The homeowners were fined more than $10,000 and later filed a suit in federal court. They claim that forcing them to paint over the mural would violate their 1st and 14th Amendment rights. 

Monday's meeting is not open to the public or media.

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