Coronado 'Sandman' ticketed for art on public road

Posted at 6:47 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 21:47:12-04

CORONADO, Calif. (KGTV) - He's been a fixture for nearly 15 years on Coronado but is now being ticketed for his artwork.

Known as 'Sandman,' Albert Avila, 64, has gained local fame from his simple sand designs. He recently came back to Coronado after a months-long hiatus for cancer treatment. But it was the placement of his new sand designs that got him in trouble.

Instead of a cul-de-sac south of Hotel Del Coronado where he had previously done most of his work, Sandman has been creating designs on some of the island's main roads.

Coronado Police Chief Jon Froomin told 10 News, "The Sandman was given a warning and asked to comply with the law, but refused to comply."

He was issued a ticket undeCalifornia Vehicle Code 23112(b), which prohibits dumping dirt or garbage upon a highway or any part of the right of way.