Local graffiti problem, city finds a solution

Local graffiti problem, city finds a solution

MOREHEAD CITY, CARTERET COUNTY - Some people may consider graffiti as art, but to others it's an eyesore.

Morehead City leaders approved a new city ordinance Tuesday night, to take care of the problem.

Linda Staab, Director of Planning and Inspections said, the city council voted unanimously to classify the writings on the wall as a public nuisance.

"Basically what we do is conduct an investigation and notify the property owner. They'd have 15 days to clean it up," she said.

She said if they don't fix the problem, the city will clean it up for them and send the property owner the bill.

Julius Corwin said he doesn't tag buildings but just his own items, making it art.

"I just want to put something on my ramp that looks good. I'm a tagger and from my tagging experience most people just take a can and want to go out and do something stupid," he said.

Alan Tate has a view of graffiti from his place of work every day.

"I don't like the idea of them having to force it on you. I don't want to have that kind of thing on my building where you got customers coming in here," he explained.

Although Tate said he respects the city for trying to stop these elusive taggers in their tracks.

City officials said business owners can appeal to the city manager. They said all they ask is for property owners to paint over the graffiti.

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