City officials begin fining Walla Walla toy store

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WALLA WALLA - A code enforcement officer from the City of Walla Walla presented the Inland Octopus toy store owner with fines for both the infamous octopus mural on the front exterior of the Main Street store and the rainbow-and-octopus sign at the back of the building, which is accessed by a parking lot off Rose Street.

The letter, signed by acting City Manager Tim McCarty, informs business owner Bob Catsiff and property owner Michael May they will be fined a total of $100 for failing to get a permit for the sign on the back exterior, which appears to meet city code for size, officials said.

The octopus mural, however, is larger than the code allows. A daily fine of $100 began today and will continue until the situation is resolved, said City Attorney Tim Donaldson.

As well, there are fines for failing to get a permit and for blocking the right-of-way while the front octopus mural was being painted.

For more on this story, see Friday's edition of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

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