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UPDATE: Vandalized Pride rainbow crosswalks in Eastport repainted

According to a city councilor, a local painting company owner donated the supplies necessary for the repairs

EASTPORT, Maine — The Eastport City Council has approved repairs to Pride rainbow crosswalks that were vandalized with white paint late Tuesday night.

That decision came Wednesday night. According to one of the councilors, a local painting company owner, Jay Preston of JP Painting, will donate all the supplies necessary to do the work.  

Preston and his employees repainted the crosswalks Thursday afternoon. A group of kids from California visiting Eastport on vacation even stopped and lent a hand. 

Credit: Photos: Eastport City Councilor David Oja
Left: JP Painting owner Jay Preston and an employee work on repainting the crosswalks on Thursday. Right: JP Painting workers and kids from California visiting Eastport help paint.

Businesses near the crosswalks at the intersection of Washington and Water Streets have turned over security video to police who are asking for the public's help with the investigation.   

According to Eastport City Manager Kate Devonshire, the vandal was walking on Washington and Water Streets when they dumped the paint on the painted crosswalks late Tuesday night.

The crosswalks were painted on June 28 for Pride Month.  

“This act of vandalism will not be tolerated by City Hall,” she said in an email. “Additionally, this will not be the last painted crosswalk in Eastport - in fact, there is an item on the agenda for a citizen to address Council this evening because he would like to paint two crosswalks supporting the police and fire departments.”

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