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Posted on: June 5, 2019

Riverwalk lighting vandalized; reward offered

Vandals ripped lighting and wiring from underneath the railing at Riverwalk Park South.

The city of Milton is reporting vandalism on Riverwalk South. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s).

The discovery of $3,500 worth of damage to new lighting equipment by vandals could delay the project. This includes 14 new light fixtures ripped from the railings, and 200 ft of wiring. The new lighting project, the final installment of the Festival Area improvement was scheduled the last week of June, is still on schedule. Joe Cook, public works director said he hopes the wiring for the lights can be replaced quickly but may cause a possible delay.

New surveillance cameras are to be installed immediately along Riverwalk Park to deter any future acts of vandalism.

City Manager Randy Jorgenson said it is a travesty for the community. “This is not just an act of vandalism for the city. This is our community being vandalized. The residents of the city are actively investing in their community, working to make an aesthetically pleasing environment to improve our quality of life. To allow a few to do harm at the cost of the many is a shameful act.”

If anyone can assist in identifying the vandals, please contact the Milton Police Department at 850-983-5420 or call Crime Stoppers at 850-437-STOP.

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