(WSB photo, Sunday afternoon)
ORIGINAL REPORT, 4:07 PM: Less than 24 hours after West Seattleite Sam Samaniego and her wife put up that banner at the Alki Statue of Liberty expressing condolences for the Orlando massacre and inviting people to sign it – as reported here on Sunday afternoon – it’s gone:
We went by at midday and thought maybe Sam had removed it – but she said it wasn’t her. So we asked Seattle Parks if their crew had for some reason removed it – as has happened on occasion in the past (though, in this 2013 incident, with warning). Spokesperson Dewey Potter just responded to say yes: “The crew removed it after receiving complaints.” She added that Sam would be able to retrieve it.
6:01 PM UPDATE: Parks has just tweeted that “removing the banner was an error and it will be replaced in the AM.”
8:33 AM TUESDAY: Heather tweeted this photo showing the signature section of the banner is back, but not the sash:
— Heather Campbell (@RealLowVibe) June 14, 2016
We were just about to head down to Alki to follow up, and were already planning to check with Parks.