Volunteers and city staff spruced up the historic Hacienda hotel in downtown New Port Richey during the second community cleanup event Saturday.
Neglected for about seven years, the vacant Hacienda at Main and Bank streets got some tender loving care from some 110 residents, plus city staff, Councilman Bill Phillips said.
The workers focused on painting railings, fixing broken window panes and digging trenches for the pipeline for an irrigation system.
Phillips grabbed a shovel and helped dig some trenches. Late last year, Phillips had sparked the idea for the community cleanup days, which drew 350 people to the first event in January.
A shatter-resistant, polycarbonate plastic will serve as temporary replacement for broken windows, Councilman Rob Marlowe said as he helped to clear broken shards of glass in the window frames.
Jeannine Humphrey, Roxie Spell and Judy Haight were among many volunteers applying a coat of black paint after sanding down the rusted metal railings.
They also painted the bare, wooden railings that had been installed last month.
Among city workers, Barret Doe was laying the groundwork for irrigation pipelines next to the Hacienda sign.
With a few sprinkles falling at the site, interim City Manager Susan Dillinger looked up at the dark skies and kidded that the rain was just heavy dew.
For the most part, the weather cooperated as overcast skies kept the sun from beating down on the workers.