'Starry Night' mural draws $8,000 fine for Florida homeowners

City says artwork violates local ordinance

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A detail from Vincent Van Gogh's masterpiece "The Starry Night."

Two Florida homeowners owe the city of Mount Dora more than $8,000 for painting their house in the style of Vincent Van Gogh's masterpiece "The Starry Night."

And the meter is still running, according to WKMG-TV.

The station reports that Nancy Nemhauser and Ludomir Jastrzebski bathed their home, north of Orlando, in blue and yellow swirls, drawing the ire of city officials who say it violates the local sign ordinance.

Nemhauser and Jastrzebski were fined $100 per day, with the fines capped at 31 days. But the news station reported Friday that a magistrate has lifted the cap, ordering the fines to continue until the murals are removed. 

Local art fans, who were gearing up for the upcoming Mount Dora Art Festival, were more impressed with the artwork than the judgment.

"It's beautiful," Rosemaire Gomez told WKMG-TV. "I love it. It's heart. They shouldn't have a problem with it."  

The homeowners plan to appeal.

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