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Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 7:13 pm | Updated: 1:27 pm, Mon Jul 21, 2014.
by DeAnn Lopez
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KERMIT - It seems that Kermit the Frog has over stayed his visit in one West Texas city.
The Muppets star's face was painted on the city's water tower nine years ago when Kermit came down to celebrate his 50th anniversary of being in the entertainment industry.
City officials have been planning Kermit’s departure for a little over a year now.
Even though it won't be cheap to paint over the Muppets star, it's a price they’re willing to pay to show their community pride.
Back in 2005, Kermit Texas was the first stop that Kermit the Frog made while on his 50th Anniversary World Tour.
As part of his visit, Disney was given permission to paint Kermit’s face on the city's main water tower.
But, in just a few weeks the high school’s mascot will be buzzing its way back on to the tower.
"It's been the desire of many citizens that we make this change," Mayor Jerry Phillips said.
The water tower isn't the only thing that Kermit the Frog left his mark on.
Kermit the Frog Boulevard, which runs directly in front of City Hall, will once again be named South Tornillo Street.
During Thursday night’s city council meeting, council voted to re-paint not only the Kermit the Frog tower, but their other water tower, which is going to cost them $123,500.
But not all residents agree with council’s decision.
"I kind of don't see the point of them wanting to recover the Kermit the Frog, we got a lot of attention even with the Kermit the Frog festivities that still go on, I mean the Kermit Celebration Days, which they call now,” Kermit resident Letecia Garcia said. “It brings in a lot of publicity for Kermit."
Long-time resident Jaime Morales says he can't wait until those paint brushes hit Kermit the Frogs face.
"I know Yellow Jackets has been up for the longest time, I came to school here (Kermit High), I was proud to be from this school, it doesn’t make sense why we would still have a Frog,” Morales said. “It’s time to let go and let our bee come back."
If all goes according to plan, both towers will be painted sometime in mid-August.
(I just found this: About a month after Kermit's visit in 2005, a UFO was reported near Kermit. Muppets from Space? - DK)