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'Flight the Blight' photo contest

Eyesores can bring a ton of problems for nearby homes or businesses.
Main street in Pensacola is trying to tackle some not so pretty areas around town with a unique photo contest, that could leave the winner a few hundred dollars richer.    
Channel Three's Kavontae Smalls has more on their new 'fight the blight' photo contest.

This padlock has kept kids and parents out of Spencer Bibbs school for several years now. 
In fact, there are many buildings around town that are sitting empty with a lot of potential. 
Fortunately, a new campaign called, 'fight the blight' can help."

It's as if time stood still at the corner of Pace Boulevard and Government Streets in Pensacola.
Who knows when the last time a car pulled into Boyd's Radiator shop.
It's now surrounded by boarded up windows.

John Ellis said, "These vacant properties, blighted properties, that's still a big obstacle for our community."

Amanda Bullard said, "You can go anywhere around town and find blighted areas, places that have for one reason or another, just not been taken care of."

John and Amanda are Real Estate Agents, who help create 'the good clean life' campaign. It's designed to draw attention to problem areas so they can be cleaned up.
They're asking people to send in pictures of blighted buildings. The photo with the most likes can win 250 dollars,  And the rundown property may get a much needed facelift.
They admit tackling blighted properties isn't easy for several reasons. Tracking down the owner is just one of the challenges.
 "South Palafox, all of that stuff is growing up, there's been attention in East Hill, Belmont Devilliers has been cleaned up," said Amanda Bullard.
John Ellis stated, "..and yet a couple blocks away from Palafox, we still have vacant buildings."

While areas Downtown have already been revamped. Amanda and John hope their 'fight the blight' contest will kick-start a conversation about blighted areas
So they can be cleaned, increase the property value, and most importantly become safer.

Amanda Bullard believes, "There are feelings involved in all of these properties it's not just a number on a piece of paper, it was a home for somebody."

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