ACLU sues Clearwater on free speech grounds listen02/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The American Civil Liberties Union sued the city of Clearwater today on behalf of a local bait-and-tackle shop that has been engaged in a tussle with the city regarding a mural of game fish and a marine lift on the side of its building.
The shop, known as the Complete Angler, is on Harrison Avenue in Clearwater. After buying the store a couple of years ago, owners Heriberto and Lorraine Quinero, commissioned local artist Matt Evanson to paint a mural on the side of their store.
Thatâ€™s when the cityâ€™s Legal Department intervened.
Clearwater code enforcement officials say theyâ€™re simply enforcing Clearwaterâ€™s strict sign ordinance, which forbids murals on the outside walls of a business that depict a product that a business is selling.