Turns out Manitou Springs isn’t ready for a bikini-clad babe on trash cans either.
The city had been considering an offer by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to pay to advertise on park trash cans – an advertisement that featured a pretty blonde in a strategically placed lettuce-leaf bikini – after Colorado Springs turned PETA down.
But Mayor Marc Snyder said in a telephone message that Manitou is shelving the idea.
The City Council decided to ask the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to develop a “trash can sponsorship program” before Manitou will entertain any offers, he said.
“It’s gone to a backburner, I would say,” Snyder said. “We’ll see what kind of recommendations the board gives us in the future.”
PETA, known for its controversial marketing campaigns, plans to present the trash can advertisement offer to other cities “that might be struggling with shortfalls in the way Colorado Springs is,” said Lindsay Rajt, a spokeswoman for the animal-rights group.
Rajt said PETA was serious about the offer and not trying to drum up free publicity.
“We were very willing to pay and still are,” she said.