Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Petersburg decides sign wavers can dance on

ST. PETERSBURG — Sign wavers can still spin, shake and jump on street corners.

The City Council approved new regulations for commercial signs on Thursday, but without an earlier caveat that would have banned human billboards from twisting and dancing.

Council members directed city staffers to tweak the proposal to allow sign wavers to continue to move freely while advertising businesses. Business owners and sign wavers had urged the council to protect their freedom.

No dancing chickens or Lady Liberties attended the meeting, but a few residents offered opposing views on the sign spinners.

Amir Lashgari urged the council to ban the human billboards. They contribute to blight along the roadways, he said.

"I used to call Fourth Street 'Freak Street,' " he said. "Now you want to make it a circus."

David McKalip, a local surgeon and activist, warned the council that sign wavers depend on their income. He criticized city staffers for wanting to add more regulations on signs.

"This is all about aesthetics," he said. "This is all about a few people who think they know better."

The new ordinance will force the human billboards to stay at least 5 feet away from the street. They also will not be allowed to advertise from stilts, vehicles or rooftops.

Council member Charlie Gerdes supported sign spinning, but cast the lone no vote on the legislation. He disagreed with a portion that regulated electronic messages on business signs.

St. Petersburg decides sign wavers can dance on 11/01/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 2, 2012 12:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. 'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest

    Nation

    BOSTON — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned "free speech rally" a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia.

    Thousands of people march against a “free speech rally” planned Saturday in Boston. About 40,000 people were in attendance.
  2. Police pull unconscious New Port Richey man from SUV in Cotee River

    Accidents

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Police rescued an unconscious driver whose sport utility vehicle plunged into the Cotee River on Saturday.

  3. Analysis: Bannon is out, but his agenda may live on

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — In his West Wing office, Stephen Bannon kept a chart listing trade actions — on China, steel and autos — that the Trump White House planned to roll out, week by week, through the fall. Now that Bannon, the president's chief strategist, has been pushed out, the question is whether his …

    Steve Bannon thinks he could be more effective influencing policy from outside the White House.
  4. Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors awards program

    Politics

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Acknowledging that he has become a "political distraction," President Donald Trump has decided to skip the festivities surrounding the annual Kennedy Center Honors arts awards later this year, the White House announced Saturday amid the continuing fallout over Trump's stance on last weekend's …

  5. Bucs' annual Women of RED preseason party attracts nearly 2,000

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Theresa Jones is primarily a college football fan, but she wanted to get a taste of the Bucs. So the 46-year-old Tampa resident bought a ticket for the team's Women of RED Ultimate Football Party at Raymond James Stadium on Friday.

    Lee White of Seminole tries on a helmet at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers female fans descended upon Raymond James Stadium for the ultimate football party, the 2017 Women of RED: The Takeover, supported by Moffitt Cancer Center. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times