JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Two men are out of jail after police said they put stickers on signs around town on Thursday. On Friday, one of them is shared his side of the story with First Coast News.
Jason Swanson, 34, claims the Beaches as his home of 10 years.
"Definitely home," he said. "I love this place."
Police allege Swanson and Matthew Sugden-Kirsch posted stickers around town.
First Coast News asked Swanson if he posted the stickers.
"I did not myself," Swanson said. "I am a graphic designer by trade. That was one of the stickers that I was commissioned to do."
He said he created the stickers for a client from North Carolina.
"I really didn't think that so many of them would go up," Swanson said. "Honestly I thought that they were handing them out for cars."
Swanson said he gave the stickers out at bars around the beaches over the last 3 weeks.
"It really took on a whole thing of its own with people posting them all over the place," said Swanson.
Those stickers read "Townies go home."
"It's a frame of mind that beaches people, we don't want people coming in from anywhere causing a ruckus, throwing trash all over the place," Swanson said.
Swanson and Sugden-Kirsch were arrested Thursday. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the pair face criminal mischief charges.
"I understand them," Swanson said about the charge he is facing. "Because obviously, they had to put a face to some of the vandalism that was going on around here with the 'Townies Go Home' stickers. I guess I had to take the fall."
Swanson told FCN he has stopped making the stickers.
"I regret making them overall," Swanson said. "I think it was probably a bad decision to make and distribute those stickers."
Swanson said she has learned something.
"Think twice about what you create," he said.
Swanson said he bonded out of jail Friday morning.
He said he is going to create something that won't offend people, like something with the word "respect" in it.
First Coast News