Fort Myers considers graffiti skate park to combat vandalism surge

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In a recent surge of graphic graffiti attacks plaguing downtown Fort Myers, city leaders have responded swiftly to address the issue. Just days after NBC2 exposed the problem, Mayor Kevin Anderson confirmed that the Parks and Recreation Director is exploring a unique solution – a graffiti skate park. Local business owners, who reported incidents of vandalism on their properties in recent weeks, welcomed the city’s proactive stance. Attorney Scot Goldberg, based in the historic Edison Theater building, said the windows were spray-painted, along with an adjacent antique shop.While an electrical box outside Terry Miller’s office bore symbols and even a skull, the city promptly removed the markings.Mayor Anderson said scenes like this are unacceptable. Offering a potential remedy, he proposed the idea of a combined graffiti and skate park. The city has long aspired to have a dedicated skate park, and Mayor Anderson says the combination just makes sense.“We’re in the process of developing a master plan for our parks and we hope to roll them out this year and take them to the people for approval,” Anderson said.Residents have embraced the concept, with many seeing it as an opportunity for artists to express themselves positively. Melissa Hart, a city resident, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “It would be a great idea for them to have a place to paint and have a place to do creative things with their art instead of putting it in places that maybe degrade our city a little bit.”However, concerns linger about the choice of location for the proposed park. As the city diligently studies the feasibility of this innovative solution, Fort Myers residents remain optimistic that a designated graffiti and skate park could be the key to curbing vandalism.

In a recent surge of graphic graffiti attacks plaguing downtown Fort Myers, city leaders have responded swiftly to address the issue.

Just days after NBC2 exposed the problem, Mayor Kevin Anderson confirmed that the Parks and Recreation Director is exploring a unique solution – a graffiti skate park.

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Local business owners, who reported incidents of vandalism on their properties in recent weeks, welcomed the city’s proactive stance. Attorney Scot Goldberg, based in the historic Edison Theater building, said the windows were spray-painted, along with an adjacent antique shop.

While an electrical box outside Terry Miller’s office bore symbols and even a skull, the city promptly removed the markings.

Mayor Anderson said scenes like this are unacceptable.

Offering a potential remedy, he proposed the idea of a combined graffiti and skate park. The city has long aspired to have a dedicated skate park, and Mayor Anderson says the combination just makes sense.

“We’re in the process of developing a master plan for our parks and we hope to roll them out this year and take them to the people for approval,” Anderson said.

Residents have embraced the concept, with many seeing it as an opportunity for artists to express themselves positively.

Melissa Hart, a city resident, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “It would be a great idea for them to have a place to paint and have a place to do creative things with their art instead of putting it in places that maybe degrade our city a little bit.”

However, concerns linger about the choice of location for the proposed park.

As the city diligently studies the feasibility of this innovative solution, Fort Myers residents remain optimistic that a designated graffiti and skate park could be the key to curbing vandalism.

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