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June 3, 2011 > Calif. beach city says 'surfing Madonna' must go

Calif. beach city says 'surfing Madonna' must go

Submitted By AP Wire Service

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP), May 19 - The ``surfing Madonna'' of San Diego County may have made her last ride on public property.

The Encinitas City Council on Wednesday voted to remove the stained-glass mosaic that portrays Our Lady of Guadalupe surfing a wave next to the slogan, ``Save the Ocean.'' Guerrilla artists installed the 10-by-10-foot mosaic under a train bridge before Easter.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says the council also approved a $2,000 study to determine how the piece can be removed without damage.

Encinitas is a well-known surfing spot.

Because it didn't have a public review process, the mosaic is legally considered graffiti. Council members say they personally like the piece but allowing it to remain on public property sets a bad precedent.

Some local businesses have offered to give the Madonna a home.

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