'We don't regulate ugly'
POSTED: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 2:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 12:50pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — An entire Cape Coral, Florida home is covered in spray paint.
Neighbors say it's an eyesore and want it painted over, but the city says it isn't a violation if the homeowner is the one doing the painting.
"I don't like that kind of thing in my neighborhood - it's kind of unsettling," said neighbor Dan Bordner.
"It's just ridiculous. It ruins the values of people's homes," added neighbor Carol Youngs.
Spray paint is all over the roof, the yard and the garage.
"Who in their right mind would want something spray painted all over their house?" Youngs asked.
The City of Cape Coral says if you want to spray paint your house, you can go right ahead.
"We don't do anything about it, can't do anything about it," said city spokeswoman Connie Barron.
For eight-year-resident Youngs, she says she thinks something should be done about it.
"There are a lot of ridiculous laws and that should be the top of things to take care of," she said.
According to Barron, there is no code or law that addresses painting the outside of your home.
It isn't considered part of the sign ordinance because it's your home and that isn't something that code addresses.
"Whatever someone wants to do with their home - paint on garage, on side of the house - it's certainly up to them. It's a free speech issue," Barron said.
We attempted to contact the homeowner to ask why their home was spray painted, but no one answered.
Barron says she hasn't gotten any complaints about the house.
"We don't regulate ugly," Barron.
She says she has received calls from people upset about color and other instances of spray paint on homes.
Barron went on to say the only time the city takes care of spray paint on homes is when it's on a vacant home.
At that point, it's considered graffiti and they will paint over it.