If you don’t like regulations, then Cape Coral, Fla., may be the place for you.
But some residents in a certain Cape Coral neighborhood may not share your less-is-more enthusiasm about the power of government.
That’s because the owners of a house on their street decided to go with the spray-paint look, from top to bottom, and then some. The result is mixed—somewhere between the urban graffiti look and aerosol impressionism?
The neighbors are less than appreciative of this particular artistic interpretation.
“I don’t like that sort of thing in my neighborhood—it’s kind of unsettling,” resident Dan Bordner said in a report on WBBH/NBC.
“It ruins the values of people’s homes,” added neighbor Carol Youngs.
But city officials are taking a hands-off approach, according to news reports.
“We don’t do anything about it, can’t do anything about it,” said Connie Barron, a spokeswoman for Cape Coral.
“We don’t regulate ugly,” Barron said, explaining that no city code or ordinance addresses a personal decision such as how a resident paints the exterior of a house. The exception is graffiti vandalism that is not the work of the building owner.
A video of the NBC News report can be seen at We don’t regulate ugly.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say. In Cape Coral, it’s the code officials are embracing.
As for ugly…you can complain about it all you want in Cape Coral, but it’s certainly no crime.