WALLA WALLA, Wash. - In a Cinderella-esque twist, when the clock strikes midnight Wednesday time will be up for a Walla Walla toy store's controversial mural.
A month ago the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review the case. The city gave the Inland Octopus store owner, Bob Catsiff, 30 days to get his giant purple octopus into compliance. But despite the midnight deadline it doesn't appear Catsiff or the city have any plans to make a move right away.
The giant purple octopus in question stands at 22 feet wide and 29 feet tall. That's nearly 500 square feet too large for a wall sign under the city's sign ordinance. But Catsiff's attorney, Michael De Grasse, said they sent a letter to the city back on March 7th.
He believes the city is selectively enforcing that ordinance.
"The city has not been uniformly and fairly enforcing its sign code. They seem to be focused only on Inland Octopus. At the same time, we've said that we are willing to talk about reaching some sort of settlement of this whole case," De Grasse said.
City Manager Nabiel Shawa said he's still holding onto the hope that Catsiff will bring the mural into compliance. But, if he doesn't, Shawa said the city does have authorization to paint over it to abate the violation. Due to inclement weather there are no plans to do that right away, however.