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What's bugging you? Graffiti

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Some call it art. Most call it vandalism, and East Orange County seems to be the canvas taggers target most.

"From Alafaya Trail, Dean Road, Econ Trail, all the way down goldenrod into southeast part of the county, Meadow Woods area," says Kurt Fasnacht, Chief Inspector with Orange County Code Enforcement. "[That's] not to say we don't have it in other areas, but predominately in those areas."

Fasnacht  says they see two types of graffiti and that gang symbols are less common. He says they mostly see taggers spraying their quick signature that can look like unidentifiable letters, to more elaborate, even multi-colored works of art.

"They're going down a sidewalk by a neighborhood and they're hitting fence panels, hitting light boxes, electrical panels, or street lights," Fasnacht says. "All those things hitting it with their little scribble of paint."

Graffiti on a private building is up to the owners to remove. But on a vacant building or in a public right-of-way, the county moves in quickly to get it covered up.
The county says they have crews out painting walls like this everyday, so if you do see graffiti, the best thing to do is pick up the phone and dial 311. That's the county's hotline, to report it.

"If they called us today, we're hoping to be out there within 48 hours," Fasnacht says.

Code Enforcement has a dedicated graffiti painter, and uses a crew of jail inmates to help.

"We call it combat painting," Fasnacht explains. "We're going to get a color that almost matches on site, cover it as fast as we can and move on to the next one."

Because it can reappear just as fast.

Before the county paints over any graffiti they take photographs. The pictures get sent to the jail and the Sheriff's Office's gang unit to be catalogued and evaluated.

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