Inland Octopus & City of Walla Walla reach agreement
The City of Walla Walla and the owner of the Inland Octopus toy store enter an agreement to resolve all remaining issues relating to a dispute over a painted purple octopus.
The agreement reduces the roughly $90,000 fine imposed for violations of the city’s sign regulation to a reduced fine of about $10,000, which can be made in payments over the next 3 years.
Both City Manager Nabiel Shawa and Inland Octopus owner Bob Catsiff look forward to working together and are pleased both parties were able to reach an agreement.
On March 28, after nearly two and half years of controversy and legal battles, the City of Walla Walla painted over the giant octopus mural which was displayed above the toy store.
According to the city's sign code, the painting was too large to stay up.
Catsiff tried to fight the city's sign code, but lost, and in February, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not hear the case.
The city then gave Catsiff a 30 day window to take the sign down, but he never did.