FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – A proposal to install mosaics on the restroom entrances at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has been shot down by the county’ commission.

On Tuesday, by a vote of 6-2, the commission decided against moving forward with the $424,314 project which would have put seagrass blade mosaics in all 42 restroom entrances. Commissioners said they didn’t like that proposed artist Dixie Friend Gay is not local. She is from Houston.

The artistic panels — at $10,102 per restroom — were designed to give travelers a “unique and positive visual experience.”

It’s not the first time commissioners have turned art critic. They recently ordered the redrawing of mural wraps for 23 airport shuttle buses. Commissioners complained the design included menacing-looking sharks that could send the wrong message to tourists.

On Tuesday, they approved a design with non-predator fish only.

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