Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Pasco County to consider banning feather banners

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County is cracking down on feather banners, those ubiquitous fluttering signs that announce grand openings, sales and other special events.

The county's Development Review Committee on Thursday voted to ask county commissioners to ban the signs and introduce additional restrictions on temporary commercial signs.

The ban could take effect in late July after commissioners vote on the issue. They'll discuss the sign rules at their June 10 meeting.

Also under consideration are restrictions on banners and other temporary signs currently allowed four times yearly at 35 days each.

The temporary announcements ran afoul of county officials after commissioners in April inquired whether feather banners are regulated by county ordinance, which they are not.

The banners are thought to be temporary, but often end up outside stores, new housing developments and gas stations for months at a time.

Additionally, the county has come under fire for excessive signs, particularly along U.S. 19. In a survey of Pasco residents last year, the county's appearance was roundly criticized.

"We believe that feather banners do not add attractiveness visually," planner Rebecca Stonefield summed up in a presentation to the committee.

Rich Shopes can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 869-6236.

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