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Wielding a blowtorch and chemical-stripping agents, Chad Shores is giving a rejuvenating facelift to the city's landmark statue of legendary surfing champion Kelly Slater at the northern split of State Road A1A.

"When you put bronze sculpture on outdoor display — particularly in Florida in a marine environment, when the ocean's right between those buildings over there — there's a ton of salt in the air. Salt can be really, really brutal to bronze," Shores explained while working on the statue Saturday.