No suspects in skate park vandalism

No suspects in skate park vandalism
Vandals visited the Community Skate Park in Holmes Beach after hours Feb. 23, leaving their mark in spray paint on the edges of the park and around the bowl. - David Zaccagnino | Submitted

HOLMES BEACH – City leaders and community members had an unpleasant surprise Monday, Feb. 24, when they discovered that the brand new Community Skate Park had been decorated with graffiti.

Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said that there were no leads as to who vandalized the skate park, but if anyone has any information, please contact the HBPD at 941-708-5807.

The skate park officially opened to the public on Feb. 15. Graffiti was spray-painted onto the skate park around the edges of the street park and around the top of the skate bowl.

While public works employees worked during the day to remove the spray paint, Mayor Judy Titsworth said it was some unnamed community members who really made the paint disappear. During the Feb. 25 commission meeting, Titsworth thanked the anonymous people and asked that they share with city leaders what was used to clean the paint off of the concrete park. She said that the cleaner worked so well to remove the paint that the city would like to acquire some of it to address any future issues as well as to finish cleaning the existing graffiti.

“We’d like to sincerely thank whoever cleaned the graffiti at the park,” Tokajer said.

Though there aren’t any suspects yet in the skate park tagging, Tokajer said he now has a camera on the skate park to deter any future graffiti artists from painting the park.

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