Don’t fret, Clark County.
It’s only an April Fools’ Day joke from the good sports at Las Vegas City Hall.
They apparently were inspired by a Monday Review-Journal story revealing that county officials are sensitive about Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s appearances on the Strip, which is outside the city limits and in unincorporated Clark County’s turf.
“We decided to move the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign back to the original #Vegas,” the city tweeted Wednesday morning, showing a digitally altered photo of City Hall with the welcome sign atop it.
The city tweet added: “#aprilfools.”
The city just may be having the last laugh on this one instead of the county, even though it’s April Fools’ Day.
The Review-Journal’s story revealed that even Goodman’s appearances at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign drew county notice, with head county spokesman Erik Pappa emailing city tweets to county management. Sometimes, county leaders contact Strip businesses to ensure that county officials aren’t overlooked when events are planned.
The sign is on the south edge of the Strip outside the city limits.
Despite the city tweet, the good news is that the landmark remains at its familiar spot in fabulous Clark County.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Pappa emailed the city’s April Fools tweet to his boss — just like he did with other city tweets.
The city tweet appeared popular, getting 30 retweets within several hours.
Clark County took the joke well and reminded the public, as it always does, that the Strip is in the county’s turf.
“@CityOfLasVegas Good one!,” the county tweeted. “And we’re changing our name to #LasVegasCounty. #AprilFools #LasVegasStripisintheCounty.”
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