Las Vegas Walk of Star tributes to reappear after mysterious hiatus

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - They are some of the brightest stars Las Vegas has ever seen and soon organizers of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars hope to replace dozens of tributes that mysteriously disappeared.

Female impersonator Frank Marino was stunned when he tried to visit one of his two stars earlier this year and discovered it was missing.

"We are going to be losing Liberace, we're going to be losing Elvis Presley, we're going to be losing Frank Sinatra," said Marino in February.

"I'm also speaking for all the other people who really can't fight for themselves," added Marino in an exclusive interview with Contact 13.

The star tributes disappeared after Clark County removed them for bollard installation.

The security upgrade came in the wake of terror-related vehicle attacks around the globe and in Las Vegas.

The project is meant to help prevent attacks like the 2015 sidewalk ramming incident in front of the Paris hotel-casino that killed one person and injured dozens more.

After the removal, visitors took notice as well.

"We think they are great, we noticed them as we were walking the other day and realized how few of them there are," said Campbell Mallory who was visiting from Canada.

13 Action News has learned 5 of the stars have been replaced in the past 2 weeks and more are set for replacement by the end of 2018.

"They are from India, they each weigh between 180 and 200 pounds and are made from Indian Red Granite," said Robert Alexander, president of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

Las Vegas is always transforming itself and Alexander admits the new tributes are just feet away from their old locations on Las Vegas Boulevard just in front of the Paris hotel-casino and there is no guarantee they won't be disturbed again.

"We are very serious about replacing these and we are really considering a GoFundMe to raise enough money, and to do almost 50 [star tributes] it will be about $300,000."

Alexander hopes to replace Elvis Presley, Frank Marino and comedian Rich Little's stars by the end of the year.

LIST OF STARS REMOVED:

1. Wayne Newton
2. Frank Marino
3. Liberace 
4. Rich Little
5. Dick Jensen
6. John Stuart
7. Richard MacDonald
8. Wayne Allyn Root
9. Sammy Davis Jr.
10. K-Paz De La Sierra
11. Tony Sacca
12. Conjonto Primavera
13. Elvis Presley
14. Dick Feeney
15. Donny Lee Moore
16. Alex Lora
17. Jose Jose
18. Pepe Garza
19. Mary and The Maori High Five
20. Marie Little
21. Juan Carlos Hidalgo
22. Promotores Unidos USA
23. Fernando Vargas
24. Gualberto Castro
25. Kevin Liang
26. Pedro Haces Barb
27. Vassili Sulich
28. Los Dos Nuevo Leon De Raul Perez
29. Harry Mohney
30. Larry Lee
31. Regulo Caro
32. Los Cadetes De Linares
33. Servando Cano
34. Los Temerarios
35. Gerardo Ortiz
36. Los Huracanes Del Norte
37. Los Rieleros Del Norte
38. Abel Quinonez
39. Eugene Mosley
40. Ana Barbara
41. Johnny Canales
42. La Maquinaria Nortena
43. Erazno y LA Chokolata 
44. Marco A.Flores y La Numero Uno Banda Jerez 
45. Los Cachorro de Juan Villarreal
46. LA Original Banda EL Limon DE Salvador Lizarraga 
47. LA Unica Internacional Sonora
48. Santanera Arturo Ortiz Arias 
49. Antonio Mendez Hernandez

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