The Flossy statue in front of Mizner Park Amphitheater will be buffed up. But her high-maintenance fountain will go.
The philanthropic couple next to the stage that bears their name will be polished. “I’m fine with cleaning up the Count and Countess,” Councilwoman Monica Mayotte said about the de Hoernles.
“The fountain’s in terrible shape. Is that the way we want to present ourselves? I think not,” Deputy Mayor Andrea Levine O’Rourke said before Monday’s vote. “Less upkeep. I have no problem cleaning up Flossy on a pedestal. I have no problem with getting rid of the fountain.”
The fountain needs electrical work and has leaks, said City Manager Leif Ahnell. The statue and base could cost $17,000 to $20,000, but the statue alone only $2,000. “I’m not sure the tile is salvageable. You can remove the fountain and put pavers in its place,” he said.
“The fountain’s a white elephant,” agreed Councilman Andy Thomson. This is the perfect down time before programming can resume after Covid, he added.
A call to artists will go out to dress up the stage doors in front. Ahnell expects that to happen by year’s end, then bring those plans back to city council.
Mayor Scott Singer favors a welcome to Boca Raton theme. “I love doing a nod to our history,” in the spirit of the downtown and the arts, O’Rourke added.
“That will provide more a sense of place,” agreed Councilwoman Monica Mayotte.
The consensus was the first vote to move on O’Rourke’s proposals for the upgrades. The money will come from the city’s Art in Public Places budget.
By Marci Shatzman