South Coast City Considers Removal Of Two Historic But Frequently-Vandalized Fountains

Mar 12, 2019

After complaints of damage and vagrancy in the area of two State Street fountains in Santa Barbara, the features may be removed.

A hearing in December in front of the historic landmarks comission revealed that the fountains at State and Cota street no longer had water due to the drought, the plants inside were often smashed by people walking or sitting on the fountains, the tiles were broken, and vagrants often urinated in the fountain area.

The historic landmarks comission denied a request supported by downtown officials and a hotel owner to have the fountains removed.

Most comissioners argue that bad behavior shouldn't dictate removing features that unify the street.

An appeal of that decision is now headed to the full city council.