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Graffiti: Problem Around Port Jeff or Not?

Business owner discovered new graffiti over the weekend.

When Dentist Carl Palmblad went to his office at on North Country Road in Port Jefferson over the weekend he discovered a new piece of unwanted artwork adorning the back wall of his parking lot. Vandals had put up a black spray painted graffiti of a character head, a heart and what looks like the words “DELOVE” at some point on Friday night.

The white brick wall is actually the back of and faces the entrance to his lot on Walnut Street. Palmblad contacted the owner of the building and he agreed to have it painted over.

He admitted that this is the first time the lot had been hit with graffiti and hasn’t reported the incident to police.

“Have never had a problem like this before, although there was much grumbling about the ‘element’ that has been evolving in ‘Upper Port,’” he said.

Last fall on revitilization plans. During the meeting, the focus of many residents was on increasing crime in the area and quality of life issues.

Police reports around Port Jefferson do not show many complaints about graffiti either.

What do you think: is graffiti a problem in Port Jefferson? Or do you find this to be an isolated incident? Have you ever had to deal with graffiti on your property?

Mels Ditties April 17, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Seven years in biz in upper port and have never had a graffiti problem....BUT, things are not as the used to be oh tho' years ago...
Brian April 17, 2012 at 05:36 PM
There's new graffiti on the concrete retaining wall along highlands boulevard too. Definitely done this weekend! Gotta police the streets at night.
Stacy April 17, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Its a very rundown area but theres never been a big graffiti problem in the area, maybe in some spots such as the Rocketship Park playgrounds and some areas in PJS.
Charlie April 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM
What a stupid question, someone vandelizes property, is that a problem or not...hmmm let me think about that...
Living in Brookhaven April 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM
I personally believe that Graffiti is art. When done with taste and permission. The stuff I see around is trash. It's tasteless, and done so quickly (for fear of getting caught) Most of the pieces you see around are gang territory markings, which is exactly what I would like to see a couple block from home.... I feel like the police forgot about the whole upper port area
Me April 18, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Do you hear what US taxpaying homeowners are even saying???? Upper Port is a SLUM it has KILLED our town! These OVERPAID do nothing politicians and police WANT to keep this place a craphole...My home value has diminished the school district might as well be taught in SPANISH since the teachers and admin BEND OVER BACKWARDS to non speaking english illegals taking away from MY ENGLISH speaking daughters education. You are loosing QUALITY residents!!!!! Heres a hint since CROOKHAVEN now is brike how about you enforce THE SLUMLORDS that rent to these CREEPS who take all the services with out paying a dime of taxes??? Or better yet how about you PROBE the PT Jeff dmv and ask why the employees sell NYS licenses to ILLEGALS??? I could go on for days about how backwards this government and state officials,police are but for WHAT nothing is gonna change, I say getthehelloutofny while ya still can!
Carl P. Palmblad, DDS April 19, 2012 at 01:35 AM
You can't be talking about the Port Jefferson school district BECAUSE "Upper Port" (south of North Country Rd) belongs to the COMSEWOGUE school district.
Carl P. Palmblad, DDS April 20, 2012 at 01:47 PM
We painted over the graffiti adjacent to my property within 48 hours of the occurence. The Highlands Blvd graffiti has been there for a week now. When will that be erased? For ordinance rules see: http://portjefferson.patch.com/articles/brookhaven-notebook-graffiti-crackdown-overpass-repairs

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