Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Rainbow Lifeguard Tower Stays! Roosterfish To Possibly Return!

9/11/17 Update: I spoke to Gary Mick, the last owner and he reports that it is not the original owners that are moving forward. He is now happily married and living in Kansas. I'm not there to go investigate today, but I'm told it looks like it's moving along, and I'll get the whole deal asap. Stay tuned! Exciting!

Good news travels fast! My sources in Venice tell me that the petition to keep the Bill Rosendahl Memorial rainbow lifeguard tower was successful, and the wonderfully colorful beacon of acceptance for all will remain in all its rainbow glory permanently! I love it.

A crew of Venice folks from the Venice Pride committee went and testified downtown, and received a unanimous vote to allow the rainbow-painted lifeguard to stay as it is, there on the sand at Brooks to show one and all that Venice welcomes everyone ... and is proud of it!

                                                                                                                              *Photo: Michael Brunt
This great news got greater when I heard that it's looking like the Roosterfish is going to re-open in its original location on Abbot Kinney! The space has sat there empty for well over a year now, and I'm told that they can possibly move back in! I hear the art is even still on the walls (though I've not been inside to see), so they should be back in business in no time! I need to get owner confirmation still, but my sources are thrilled and it sounds like it's real news. Yay! Taking back our town, one Venice victory at a time!

I can't wait to get back and toast you all with a very stiff Roosterfish drink in person - Congratulations to all the friends who made the Rainbow Tower a true Venice landmark, both in its physical form, and in this decision. Thank you for showing that the heart of Venice remains open and strong. Cheers! Love!


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