CAPE CORAL, Fla. Overturned and empty: one city councilman says newspaper stands can be a danger to residents.
Once a week you can find David Dziengelewski filling up some of these boxes. "I don't service all these," he said. "Today I'm doing the Auto Shopper."
And he admits "Are they ugly? You betcha." He says while some companies take care of their boxes, others can get run down, something he tries to fix for the companies he works for.
"I am in the process now of picking all these boxes up and switching them out, washing them," he said.
You can find old ones that haven't been used in months. Some of them, are tipped over on their side.
"We do not have the ability to pick them up," said Councilman Marty McClain. Because of this, McClain is sponsoring an ordinance that requires the newsracks and newspaper vending machines to be anchored to a concrete pad, and regulates where they are placed. He's worried if a major storm hits, the boxes would become missiles.
"It's a safety issue, there are too many of them, they're broken, not used," he said. The proposed ordinance also says that if the city thinks any of the boxes are a hazard, a code enforcement officer has the power to remove them.
"It's not doing too good to the city, making the city look bad, to have these containers that aren't looking right," said resident Joe Pittro, who supports the ordinance.
The matter will be up for a public hearing April 22nd.