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Pacific Beach man working to clean up neighborhood

Posted at 6:16 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 22:37:09-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- A Pacific Beach man says his community is in need of a cleanup. He's raised hundreds of dollars to get it done.

According to resident Adam Huntington, overgrown grass, untamed trees, and grimy sidewalks are just some of the mucky issues surrounding Pacific Beach.

Huntington has been living in Pacific Beach for at least two decades.

"You've got beautiful architecture, beautiful masonry, that's just getting covered by grime and dirt."

Huntington shared a video with 10News of a cruddy sidewalk on Garnet Avenue, one of Pacific Beach's main streets.

"We're in the middle of a pandemic right now," says Huntington. "We have an extremely unhealthy, unclean environment, and we force all of our restaurants to go outside and serve people."

He hired a private company to power wash another area of Garnet Avenue over the weekend. The funds were raised by a GoFund Me Page. The cost of cleaning was $1,200.

"We have people all over this community, wondering where our services are."

We asked the city about why it's not using its services to clean up the area. A spokesperson said they don't have a statement at this time but encouraged anyone with a concern about cleanliness to report it on the city's "Get It Done" app.

The city also tells 10News residents do not need a permit to clean or power wash a sidewalk on their own, but they must have a plan to prevent runoff from going into the storm drain. Huntington says he went with an eco-friendly company that followed those guidelines.

The former lifeguard says to keep the beach area looking nice, he replaced the wooden barrier posts along the road that surrounds Crown Point.

"The reason people come to San Diego is to enjoy Mission Beach and Pacific Beach."

With the help of two local hardware stores, Huntington says he was able to acquire power tools to continue to help spruce up the neighborhood.

As for the overgrown brush, the city says its weed abatement program is back online since being paused due to COVID-19.