State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara City Council decided to remove two fountains on State Street due to dilapidation and misuse.
The vote was unanimous on Tuesday with Councilwoman Kristen Sneddon absent.
Two blue-tiled and star-shaped fountains flank either side of Hotel Santa Barbara in the 500 block of State Street. They were installed in 2007 and included flowing water, however, due to the drought the water was turned off in 2014 and replaced with succulents and other drought-tolerant plants.
Labeled as an "attractive nuisance," the proposal to remove the fountains was originally submitted to the Santa Barbara City Historic Landmarks Commission in December who rejected the request. That decision was appealed to the City Council who ultimately approved the removal.
Supporters of the removal claim transients use the fountains as bathrooms and storage while others damage it with skateboards, on top of them being dry for many years. Those against the removal of the fountains claim they are pieces of local art making Santa Barbara unique and shouldn't be removed for other people's misuse.
The removal of the two fountains is expected to take place in April.