SARASOTA -- The Lego man will be cooling his fiberglass heels for 90 days.
That’s according to an official with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, which has the giant fiberglass figure in “protective custody” after a beachgoer found it on the beach at Siesta Key Tuesday morning.
“He is still in protective custody and will remain for the time being. According to Florida statutes, that’s 90 days,” said SCSO spokeswoman Sarah Kenniff on Thursday. “At that time, a determination will be made on the claims for him. He is being treated like any other found property.”
He has tentatively been identified as “Ego Leonard,” the name on the back of his shirt. No one is sure how he arrived at the beach, whether he was placed there or if he washed up in the surf, according to the sheriff’s office.
Leonard is about eight feet tall, weighs approximately 100 pounds and is made of fiberglass. The only other identifying information was the writing on the front of his shirt which says “No Real Than You Are” and the number “8” on his back.
According to the website http://www.egoleonard.nl/ego_gb.html, Ego Leonard comes “from the virtual world. A world that for me represents happiness, solidarity, all green and blossoming, with no rules or limitations.
“Lately however, my world has been flooded with fortune-hunters and people drunk with power. And many new encounters in the virtual world have triggered my curiosity about your way of life.
“I am here to discover and learn about your world and thoughts.
“Show me all the beautiful things that are there to admire and experience in your world. Let’s become friends, share your story with me, take me with you on a journey through beautiful meadows, words, sounds and gestures.”