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Downtown Improvement Authority holds trash clean up in Tallahassee

Posted at 6:02 AM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 06:02:39-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — One group is trying to beautify the capital city one full garbage bag at a time.

The Downtown Improvement Authority collected about 60 pounds of trash and snapped pictures of graffiti for the city to track down and clean up.

The Downtown Improvement Authority says no matter your age this program gives you the opportunity to make a difference.

"Can you please stop that? It's hurting our world," said Reagan, Downtown Improvement Volunteer.

At just 10 years old Reagan says she's motivated to clean up her community.

She and her family walked around downtown Tallahassee with a a map garbage bags and gloves.

She says she takes her work seriously.

"I had so much fun cleaning the world and making it a cleaner place. I always dreamed having fun and cleaning the world," said Reagan.

This is the Downtown Improvement Authority's first attempt at community canvassing.

The organization's Director of Downtown Experience says the early signs of leadership gives him hope.

"It's awesome. The people really do care about downtown and they do care about Tallahassee," said Allen Thompson, Downtown Improvement Authority Director of Downtown Experience.

The group says the amount of trash and graffiti is a serious problem.

Right now it's a fine of $250 if you get caught.

But a lot of times people don't and the graffiti spreads because one tagger, inspires another.

Thompson hopes this goes a long way towards curbing that.

"If you cover up graffiti it's less likely for the people to come back and tag the area again," said Thompson

In hopes of making downtown cleaner Reagan asks people do one thing.

"Don't litter or anything bad."

Thompson says they plan to hold more canvassing events like this in the future.

The group also gave out prizes to the people who collected the most trash and the most unusual graffiti.