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Mess in Midtown: Trash barriers cause tension between two local businesses

Mess in Midtown: Trash barriers cause tension between two local businesses
Mess in Midtown: Trash barriers cause tension between two local businesses
Posted at 5:09 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 10:37:46-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Tension is high for two Midtown businesses. One business owner claims a neighboring business is leaving piles of trash outside his business, but the other claims, the trash isn't the biggest problem.

"That's what this boils down to at the end of the day, it's respecting not only our property but his property and his neighbors' property," said Jaime Hernandez, Skin Care Therapist at Ardan's Salon.

Hernandez says she and other salon employees are agitated. They claim their next-door neighbor, A-to-Z Rental, is not keeping tidy.

"We've lost booth renters, we've lost customers just out of the aesthetics, it's not pleasant to look at and you know it lowers the value of business," said Hernandez.

We spoke by phone with Elton Santana, owner of A-to-Z Rental. He says he needs the trash to act as a barrier, to protect his employees from speeding cars driven by salon customers.

This week, the situation escalated after salon employees complained on Twitter.

Employees say that Santana spray painted his vehicle with the words #Ardan'sSalon and a stick figure. The car was parked where salon customers could see it from the window.

"And it's a total intimidation tactic, which he does," said Hernandez.

On the phone, Santana admitted he was "trying to get them exposure." Hernandez says she just wants her neighbor to pick up after himself.

"We're not even trying to get him to leave or vacate, it's just clean it up," said Hernandez. "Make it look nice, and maybe give us a little way when it comes to opening up the alley so that in case there was an emergency someone can get through safely."

Meanwhile, Hernandez is still trying working with the city, hoping to get help with the issues. For now, the piles of trash remain.

Santana also said on the phone that he spoke with city employees about the issue. He says he was told he's not in violation of city codes.