MILTON, Del. – The Economic Development Committee of Milton is discussing painting a mural on the side of a business's wall to attract more tourism to the area.
Chairman of the committee, Bob Howard, said there might be more murals coming to Milton.
“We're hoping that ultimately there will be several murals around the town because there are a lot of blank walls in town and the murals would help make the town more attractive,” said Howard.
Some of Milton's residents have said the town could use more welcoming features, including Mercantile store owner Lisa Falzarano.
Falzarano would like to see a mural that represents the history of Milton such as the origin of the shipbuilders.
Paul Wagner, who moved to Milton about three years ago, said the town's idea is a good one.
“It would give it a nice boost,” said Wagner. “Milton needs that.”
Milton is one of several historic districts in Sussex County and preservation is a priority for businesses, locals and the town government.
But one Milton business owner – who did not wish to give a name -- disagrees with the committee's consensus.
The store owner said a mural on any wall would essentially degrade the historic integrity of Milton. But added if the mural was done professionally and with a certain level of artistic skill that matches the town's character, it might be more reasonable, according to the store owner.
The mural is still in the early stages of discussion and the committee is scheduled to have more planning meetings later in November.