Daphne Council left with bill for nymph

Without any public announcement, the frustrated leaders of a decade-long effort to revitalize the city’s downtown gave up on their struggle two months ago, leaving the City Council with a $13,100 bill.

The council voted Monday to pay that invoice, the remaining fee owed to local artist Fran Neumann, who designed the bronze statue of the nymph Daphne installed nearly one year ago at the center of an outdoor fountain fronting the newly renovated City Hall.

Council members complained about having to pick up the tab for the statue — the Downtown Redevelopment Authority had pledged four years ago to foot the entire bill

Daphne Council left with bill for nymph