Graffiti in Florence prompts vandalism concerns

Graffiti in Florence prompts vandalism concerns
Graffiti naming Florence Mayor Steve Holt appeared on Tennessee Street where a depiction of President Donald Trump was covered.

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - Everywhere you go downtown Florence you can see murals and graffiti, but the issue now is what is considered vandalism to property. Many people driving on Tennessee Street can see artist continue to leave their marks on private property, violating city code.

"You can't really say graffiti isn't an art because some of it is really good, but it's still graffiti," said Mayor Steve Holt.

Holt says some business owners choose to have murals displayed in downtown, but the graffiti that has been put on display on Tennessee Street did not have permission to do it from property owners and disturbed many who saw it.

Just this week, a new display can be seen where the Trump mural was covered now has been painted with the words "Disgusting Steve Holt" with a heart next to it. Holt says that doesn't bother him, but he is concerned over the graphic, illegal, murals.

Florence Police Sgt. Greg Cobb says if you are tagging someone's building and they don't approve it, you can be charged with a class B misdemeanor, have to pay a $3,000 fine and spend up to six months in jail.

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