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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Lake Como residents plan to rally to save the pink bunny **UPDATE: The pink bunny is staying where it is**

Posted By on Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 9:14 AM

Orlando Weekly multimedia account representative Jon Bowers found that residents chained the bunny down late last night.
  • Orlando Weekly multimedia account representative Jon Bowers found that residents chained the bunny down late last night.

UPDATE: After talking to the neighborhood association and a group of residents who gathered at Lake Como Park today to ask Commissioner Patty Sheehan to leave the bunny at Lake Como, Sheehan agreed that it could stay. She says that the neighborhood association has agreed to write a letter of support for allowing the statue to say where it's at.

News that Commissioner Patty Sheehan is planning to move the pink bunny statue she had installed at Lake Como Park in honor of her former aide, Chase Smith, has caused an outcry. Sheehan said yesterday that she was going to move the bunny statue, which has been in Lake Como Park since 2014, to a park in Colonialtown in response to complaints from a neighbor, which she said were tarnishing the purpose of that statue, which was meant to memorialize Smith, who died of cancer in 2013. 

But some residents of the neighborhood, who say they that the complainers are in the minority and that most of the neighborhood loves the pink bunny, started a campaign to save the statue. They've even chained the bunny to its platform and erected a sign reading "Save the Pink Bunny."

Today from 10 a.m. to noon, they'll gather on the east side of the park to show their support for keeping the bunny statue in Lake Como park. They're hoping that Sheehan will hear them out and reconsider her decision to move the statue.

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