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Creation of a Spray Paint Ordinance

posted Jan 19, 2010, 10:05 AM by Ryan Anderson

Just a note to let you know if you don't already that the Mayor has put an item on the agenda for tonight asking the City’s legal staff to craft an ordinance regulating the sale of spray paint to minors. This has the potential to be a valuable tool in the fight on blight. Here's a link to the backup material: This is the first item under new business, so look for it to come up about an hour into the meeting, but that can change if the agenda is reordered.

Backup Material Excerpt:

In an effort to successfully address the criminal mishandling of spray paints and emerging legislation that unfairly punishes the spray paint market, the National Council to Prevent Delinquency (NCPD) was established in 1994. The council, launched by the paint industry and funded by members of the National Paint & Coatings Association's Spray Paint Manufacturing Committee, seeks effective and workable public policies to tackle the unlawful misuse of spray paint. As such, NCPD acts as an advocate in the interest of combating graffiti and an industry representative against potentially damaging legislation.

The Mayor recommends the adoption an ordinance banning the sale of spray paint to minors. Many residents have decried to declining appearance of their neighborhoods and our downtown due to increasing amounts of this vandalism, and have asked the City of Lake Worth to take action. This ordinance would be one more proven tool to eliminate graffiti from our community.

If you would like to make your opinions heard by the City’s government on this issue please come to the Commission meeting this evening.  Thank you.

What: City Commission Meeting
Where: City Hall Commission Chamber
When: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 – 6:00pm