ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A new paint job on a renovated car wash on Anastasia Blvd is causing controversy.
The business has been cited by the city for code violations. The owner faces fines of $250 a day.
Co-owner David Kfoury said his childhood friend in St. Augustine, Jason Woodside, painted the building in few days. Woodside, a native of St. Augustine, is now an artist based in New York with international clients.
"I think it looks amazing," said Kfoury. "I hope the city will make an exception for it, because we are trying to make St. Augustine better."
Luther Stewart owns a market across the street. He said it is against code, but he has no problem with it because it is a big improvement over what it was before. Bobby Fails was washing his truck there and has no problem with it. " I have been coming here for thirty years and it is a lot better that it was. It entices people to come in here."
Kfoury, who bought the business two months ago, says he is appealing to the city. A hearing will be held before the city's Historic Architectural Review Board in May to decide if the paint job will have to be changed.
City officials said Kfoury should have had the colors approved before he moved forward with repainting his business.
Woodside's work has been featured in collaboration with clothing companies Brooks Brothers, Obey and fitness brand Adidas. Woodside was named The Best Street Art Of 2012 by the Huffington Post.