Woman Paints a Mural That Ends Up Costing Her Big Time. Here is Why.

A mural honoring the five police officers who were shot dead during protests against police violence in 2016 has violated the Dallas City Code, with the person behind the mural facing thousands of dollars in fines and readjustment costs.

When Diana Paz, the owner of Dallas’ ‘The Last Call Lounge’ in north Oak Cliff, constructed the mural and a surrounding fence, she had no idea that her respectful gesture would be condemned by the Dallas City Hall. In an interview on Fox & Friends, Ms. Pax vocalized her disappointment at the decision, saying: "We're just trying to honor and respect the Dallas Police Department about what happened a year ago.”

During the interview, Ms. Paz also highlighted the support she had been receiving from the community and authorities, declaring: “The police officers, they are actually happy with the mural. They like that we show some respect to them, and basically the community has been accepting the mural pretty good.”

At this stage, Ms. Paz looks set to receive a $2,500 fine from City Hall. The business owner is outraged by the punishment, considering that the fence itself cost $10,000 to build on top of the $8,000 the artist charged to create the mural.

City officials have defended their request, emphasizing the danger the fence itself presents to drivers. The 8-foot fence, which blocks visibility at an intersection, was also built without Ms. Paz obtaining a permit, with city spokesman, Richard Hill, stating “the building inspector went out and looked at it and gave them notice. They went back and the owners still didn’t have a permit, so they gave them a warning. The city did its job.”

Ms. Paz’s cousin, Cesar Rodriguez, built the metal siding of the mural on the iron fence when work on the mural began. Despite attempting to fight the city, Mr. Rodriguez was forced to apply for a permit. This required that the fence be moved back around three feet in order to ensure driver visibility. The total cost of the alterations reaches around $2,100, which meant the entire project reached a cost of $15,000.

“I’m frustrated because we tried to do something for the Police Department. We tried to make the neighborhood look a little better,” Mr. Rodriguez told Fox News. “We feel a little bit sad that we’re doing this for our city, and they don’t see or appreciate that.” Despite their best efforts, the fence still appears to be violating the city code, leaving the city with no choice but to “keep giving [them] citations.”

Mr. Hill stressed to Fox representatives that the mural itself was never the problem, stating “We did not ask that any mural be taken down. This has nothing to do with any mural.” Mr. Hill went on to affirm that “it has to do with the fact that a fence was built without a permit.” Perhaps, with a bit of public support, Ms. Paz and Mr. Hill can come to some sort of compromise on the future of the uplifting mural.

Source: Fox News Insider, Dallas News
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