The city of Milton announced June 5 a reward of up to $3,000 for the identity of those that vandalized the Riverwalk South.
A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) after newly installed lighting was broken and wiring stolen.
According to a press release, $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 feet of wiring.
The new lighting project was the final installment of the Festival Area improvement. The project was scheduled for completion in the last week of June and 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 being installed immediately along Riverwalk Park to deter any future acts of vandalism the city reported.
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,” he said. “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 to place a tip anonymously.