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Dade City panel to revisit business sign rules

DADE CITY — Sandwich signs at Downtown Commons once again line the grassy strip between the parking lot and Seventh Street in Dade City.

Sue Knowlton, who works with a partner to run Wee Grow'd, a children's consignment shop located in the collection of businesses, said these signs are needed to advertise the store, especially in today's tough economic climate.

"Ninety percent of our people come from that sign," Knowlton said.

Because Knowlton's shop is in the corner of the Downtown Commons storefront and is far from the road, she said it is impossible for people driving by to know the store is there without the sign.

But under current regulations, the sandwich signs must be placed within 5 feet of the storefront they are advertising.

However, City Attorney Karla Owens said the city is easing back on enforcement of the sandwich board signs while a committee is formed to review existing ordinances.

Owens said the committee will be made of local business owners, members of the Chamber of Commerce, members of Main Street and code enforcement officers.

She hopes the diverse group will give participants a chance to more fully consider the sign issue.

Owens also said she will be considering Knowlton and Russell Taylor for the committee, because both business owners recently spoke at a commission meeting against the current sign ordinances.

Taylor, who owns a business in the Downtown Commons, said he thinks the regulations should be updated for new technologies and to promote growth.

"Hopefully, we can bring this through to the county." Taylor said. "There's a lot of technology that is being hindered by the ordinances on the books now."

Dade City panel to revisit business sign rules 02/08/09 [Last modified: Sunday, February 8, 2009 7:48pm]
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