ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The city of Orlando is allowing new street art on storm drains and local officials have a good reason for it.
The Mills 50 District is trying to stay ahead of the curve as Orlando's most hip and eclectic neighborhood. Now they've painted traffic poles, and murals on the walls. The next thing they are going to paint around this neighborhood: storm drains.
Commissioner Patty Sheehan has even painted one herself. The "Bad Kitty" storm drain on Shine Avenue. Sheehan did take a little heat from fellow commissioners for finishing the storm drain before the actual program was approved by the city council.
"We already had a Mayor's matching grant in place," Sheehan said. "We've been working through this process, and I thought it was OK. I don't see any big deal."
There is a purpose behind the storm drain art. "People think that it is a sewer. It is not," Sheehan explained. "This is just supposed to be conducting storm water to our lakes. People are dumping paint, oil, garbage."
All storm water drains will that get painted will have "only rain down the drain" on them. The program will start in Mills 50, and it is popular, the may pop up all over the city.