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Ponce de León statue in St. Augustine reportedly battered with rotten eggs

City crews cleaned off the foul-smelling liquid with a pressure washer Thursday morning. There was no permanent damage.
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The Juan Ponce de León statue in St. Augustine was vandalized sometime overnight with what appears to be rotten eggs, said city employee Jim Piggott.

He says the statue itself was not hit, and that only the base of the statute was. Eggshells were found on the ground near the mess.

City crewman cleaned off the foul-smelling liquid with a pressure washer Thursday morning. There was no permanent damage.

At this time, there is no indication of who did it or why. 

Last week, a handful of Black Lives Matter protesters painted and tagged statues of Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de León in Downtown Miami.

The local statue is across from the eastern one of the Plaza de la Constitucion. Ponce de Leon is credited with discovering and naming Florida in 1513. 

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