Giovanni Caliendo: Army vet gets help cleaning up Boynton Beach art studio

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Volunteers helped out an Army veteran and struggling artist in Boynton Beach on Sunday.

Giovanni Caliendo has close to $10,000 in fines for code violations at his old art studio.

On Sunday, volunteers came to the studio to help clean up his place.

Caliendo was thankful for those who helped.

"What happened was the police chief put out a stress alert, and sure enough really, really wonderful people came in wanting to help out," said Caliendo.

"When I heard that his place was run down and he needed help, I thought, ‘Well, why don't I donate some Florida native plants since he doesn't have water, they'll survive,'" said Jane Thompson of Indian Trails Nursery.

Caliendo still needs help paying $100 a day fines.

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