Rooster Statue Stolen from Calle Ocho
One of those 70-pound fiberglass rooster sculptures that dot Calle Ocho in Little Havana has been stolen, according to the Miami Herald. The rooster once stood guard proudly outside El Pub, at 1548 SW Eighth Street, but turned up missing last Friday morning.
The rooster program, modeled after Cow Parade and other similar programs, began in 2002 as the brainchild of Little Havana Neighborhood Enhancement Team administrator Pablo Canton.
In fact, Canton himself had& painted the rooster that went missing. It was decked out in a hybrid coating of an American/Cuban flag. Despite being bolted down and superglued to the sidewalk, crooks still made off with the statuesque chanticleer.
Each cock-of-the-sidewalk is estimated to be worth about $3,000. This isn't the first time one of the birds has faced tragedy this year. Another was damaged after a car struck it, and Canton is still busy trying to piece the pulverized poultry back together at his home.
Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.