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After 30 years, Gulfport man's 'no dope smoking' sign goes viral

Neighbors say a sign posted by a Gulfport homeowner decades ago is still relevant today. (Photo source: WLOX) Neighbors say a sign posted by a Gulfport homeowner decades ago is still relevant today. (Photo source: WLOX)
Will Skinner installed the sign on his fence back in the 80s. It reads "No alcohol, loud music, dope smoking, profanity on premises".  (Photo source: WLOX) Will Skinner installed the sign on his fence back in the 80s. It reads "No alcohol, loud music, dope smoking, profanity on premises". (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Keeping your family safe will be the focus of a meeting Thursday by the Gulfport Police Department's Narcotics Division. The meeting comes as the city grapples with a recent rash of gun violence. One Gulfport man is sending his own message about crime.

The sign on a fence may be old and a bit faded, but, it's still turning heads.

"I like it. A lot of people comment on it. It's something they've never seen," said George Martin, who lives across the street from the property.

Neighbors are used to seeing the sign. But this week, a man drove by and noticed it at a home on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Indiana Avenue. The sign states: "No alcohol, loud music, dope smoking, profanity on premises." He posted a picture of the sign on Facebook and it's making the rounds on social media.  

"Once you see it, you already know what it's talking about. It's pretty cool with me. I like it," said Martin.

Another neighbor said the sign serves as a reminder for everyone who passes by the house.

"It lets people know we care about our community and our kids," said Jasmine Brown.

The owner of the home, 72-year-old Will Skinner, did not want to appear on camera. He told WLOX the sign was once posted on a nearby business, but someone tore it down. Mr. Skinner picked it up and put it on his property, and that was back in the 1980s.

Gregory Lee grew up in the neighborhood. He said the message from decades ago still has meaning today.

"I hope it catch on. This young generation's going to have no respect for anything, music, alcohol, profanity, their elders," said Lee.

Lee said the simple sign can help curb crime if more people would heed the words.

"If folks really look at it and think about it, it'll be a better place. That's a powerful sign," he said.

The homeowner said the sign must be working. Skinner said over the years, he hasn't had a lot of problems with drugs and other crimes around his property, just occasional loud music. 

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