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Oldsmar eases up on sign ordinance

City Council members Tuesday unanimously approved relaxing the city's sign ordinance to allow decorative banners, special-event banners, cold-air inflatable balloons and sandwich board signs.

These signs, prohibited by an earlier version of the ordinance, will be allowed with some limitations.

Decorative banners may be hung only on light poles, and city officials have created a formula to determine how many decorative banners may be hung.

Special-event banners have to be less than 4 feet high and 12 feet long and can be used only four times a year for 14 days with a minimum of 45 days between each use Cold-air inflatable balloons, which have no size limitations, will be allowed through a permit once a year for three days.

Sandwich board signs must be less than 32 inches wide and 48 inches high and may be used between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Also Tuesday, council members instructed Harry Long of Long and Associates to continue planning how to repair the library on State Street W.

The Tampa firm has been studying the library's north and east wall and has determined that both walls are deteriorating and need repairs.