A billing dispute between the city of Encinitas and a local nonprofit has prompted a threat to remove the popular Surfing Madonna mosaic from the side of a neighborhood restaurant and move it to another city where, according to charity officials, it would be more appreciated. Robert Nichols, chairman of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, said a standoff between his charity and Encinitas began in October, when the city demanded more than $8,000 in lifeguard fees just two days before the 2019 Surfing Madonna Beach Run. The charity’s annual fundraiser attracts thousands of runners to the Encinitas coastline each fall. The conflict has not affected the nonprofit’s other major fundraiser, the Encinitas Half Marathon & 5K, which remains on schedule for March 29. Even though Encinitas city officials acknowledged a “clerical error” and reduced the lifeguard fees to $3,791, Nichols said the artwork still may be taken away because the fight over the lifeguard charges resulted in the charity’s permits for future events being canceled. “We are heartbroken to say that IF these events are no longer approved, the Surfing Madonna Mosaic will be taken down, per the artists’ request,” Nichol...