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Garrick Proposes Moving Surfing Madonna to Moonlight Beach

The assemblyman will introduce legislation proposing the move.

Assemblyman Martin Garrick is proposing that the Surfing Madonna mosaic be moved to Moonlight Beach State Park.

Garrick's proposed bill comes after the Office of State Parks denied a city request to move the mosaic to the park, according to UT San Diego.

Read the full story here.

rob March 21, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Another Republican "fiscal conservative" who can't stop wasting government money on idiotic religious BS? No -- I just can't believe it!
rob March 21, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Maybe he's just drunk: http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/sdcounty/article_a869d781-53a8-586f-93eb-8e76fb6aaf5c.html
rob March 21, 2012 at 05:48 PM
A HUGE steaming pile from the UT piece linked in this article: “We want to make sure that it’s a good thing for everyone,” he said. “We’re not trying to shove anything down anybody’s throat. We want to make sure it works for everyone and that it’s something people can enjoy here in Encinitas.”
patrick oconnor March 24, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Madonna is small testament of heart felt sincerity to surfing. Keep it that way. No BIG DEALS. Ask Jerry at " Captain Kenos " if we can find a exterior location appropriate, spot at "Kenois" and the problem is solved.
Lynn Marr March 25, 2012 at 06:19 AM
The message "Save the oceans" is secular, and the public's enthusiasm demonstrates this community's concern for our ocean's environmental health, as well as our appreciation of a beautiful piece of art. The Surfing Virgin could have been a "win-win" for our community, attracting more tourists, had current mayor, Jerome Stocks, allowed a public hearing re granting a variance for a retroactive permit, after public review, vetting the mosaic through the Art Director, the Art Commission, the general public and Council, a review NOW ACCOMPLISHED! At its original location, a member of the community had offered to donate $800 worth of plexiglas to protect the art until the public process could be completed. The artist, Mark Patterson, paid in full, as part of his fine, reimbursing the City for costs associated with hiring out of town consultants, from LA, who wrongly declared the mosaic could not be safely removed and relocated. Other cities have permitted artwork, retroactively, on walls beneath bridges. As current Chair of both SANDAG and NCTD, Stocks could have helped to make this happen. The citizens of Encinitas deserved a public hearing to help determine, with Council, whether a variance in the permitting process was feasible, also determining what is considered to be art, or what is graffiti, as well as what is considered a cultural icon with a modern message, "Save the Oceans," or what pertains "to the establishment of religion." Free speech is a priority!

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