BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Dozens of volunteers gathered on Saturday, Feb. 15 to help remove graffiti from buildings in Mid City and downtown Baton Rouge.
From buildings to stop signs, areas have been marred by graffiti. Councilwoman Tara Wicker has formed a blight committee to address trash and handle future cleanup events.
Wicker says there will be a penalty in the future for people caught putting up graffiti.
“Our city has been plagued with the horrible onset of visual litter through a sea of graffiti,” she said in a press release. “This is our opportunity to step up and finally do something about an unsightly issue that we all have been talking about.”
The “Love Our City” cleanup event was held on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“I’m going to apologize in advance to any business owner whose building we clean without permission,” she said with a smile during the Downtown Development District (DDD) meeting held Tuesday morning (Feb. 11). “We’re going to just clean up everything we see.”