I am happy to report the return of our Bluebird of Happiness to the Vilano Beach Town Center. The Bluebird of Happiness is a tall bird (I'm guessing about 8' tall) that was two oranges on top of each other that used to be in front of Newt's Hotel. He was originally orange and arrived in Vilano in th 1940s encouraging people to purchase orange juice. He was a local icon in Vilano Beach for years. Some years ago he wandered out and left Vilano and ended up in a person's yard in North City (the development on the west side of Vilano Bridge). When that home was sold, the Bluebird went with it. The current owners have agreed to let him come home in exchange for a plaque recognizing them.
I'm so glad he is home, but he is in disrepair. I am hoping some local students take on the task of re-painting and restoring him. I also think he should be dressed up to match the seasons and special occasions---you know, the New Year's Baby, Cupid, St. Patrick, Easter Bunny, a bathing suit for the summer, a Halloween outfit, Santa Claus, etc. What do you think?
He'll be centrally located in the Vilano Beach Town Center to afford photo opportunities for all.