The dolphin topiaries that have become Corona del Mar's center-of-town mascots are overgrown and shaggy and need professional help, the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District's board members decided Thursday morning.
"Are they anchors? Are they bombs? Are they manatees?" said C. Scott Palmer. "They just don't look like dolphins. I would like the B.I.D. to hire an expert to take them back to a dolphin-ary shape."
The dolphin topiaries, which are placed in the median of East Coast Highway and Marguerite Avenue, were planted in 1993. A group of volunteers decorate the dolphins for most holidays, and flags representing the branches of the military are added on patriotic holidays.
Over the years, landscaping crews regularly have trimmed the 12 dolphin-shaped bushes. But the landscapers aren't topiary experts and may be too cautious, not wanting to shape the dolphins for fear of harming them.
As a result, Palmer said, "they just swell and swell and swell."