Don’t expect WPB to impose any fines against Rodney Mayo for Respectable Street mural

Our story about an artistic showdown between Clematis Street entrepreneur Rodney Mayo and the city of West Palm Beach generated lots of reaction on social media.

Artist Christopher Ian Macfarlane working on a new mural earlier this week at Respectable Street nightclub, even though the city has a temporary ban on outdoor murals.

Artist Christopher Ian Macfarlane working on a new mural earlier this week at Respectable Street nightclub, even though the city has a temporary ban on outdoor murals.

Most of the chatter is from Mayo supporters angry that the city could impose $500 a day fines for painting a mural on the side of a building he owns.

But the fact of the matter is that the city has not made any move to go after Mayo since the issue came to a head Monday.

And don’t expect the city to go after him, either. Think about it: Today is Friday. The mural is almost done. And it is part of the Respectable Street nightclub’s 28th anniversary party scheduled for Saturday night.

If the city intended to cite Mayo, it would have done so by now.

Rodney Mayo in 2002 photo at his Respectable Street nightclub

Rodney Mayo in 2002 photo at his Respectable Street nightclub

Also, consider what city spokesman Elliot Cohen wrote when he chimed in on the debate on the Engage West Palm Beach Facebook page yesterday.

Among his comments:

“Rodney HAS NOT been fined. Second NO ONE in the story from the city has said Rodney will be fined. How do I know this? Because I am the one who talked to the paper about the story. It is the reporter who asked what the fine could be. but NO WHERE in the story does it say the city will fine Rodney. So before launching attacks on the city, please read what the story says…’’

 

 

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