Too Many Signs Could Land You A Fine

By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email
By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email

By: Elizabeth Nickerson
June 4, 2013

Crawfordville, FL - Signs capture attention, but too many signs in front of one business has the majority of the Wakulla County Commissioners saying something has to change.

"You can direct traffic to businesses without making it look trashy and you can direct traffic to businesses with everyone following a set of rules," said Howard Kessler, a Wakulla County Commissioner.

A new sign ordinance passed four to one Monday at the county commissions meeting. The new rules will take effect June 13th, but some of the commissioners are still butting heads.

"Give me a break, we have better ways to spend our time this is just another way government is overstepping," said Ralph Thomas, a Wakulla County Commissioner.

Commissioner Thomas says some of these signs are historic landmarks to the community, signs like Crum's Mini Mall and Holiday Campground. Thomas says, those places are staples to the city and those signs are in violation of the code.

The code say, If a business already contains a freestanding sign, it can not have a roof sign. Only one roof sign can be located on the roof of any building structure. Also, no wall signs can exceed 20 percent of the wall of the building

"What the county commission is doing with the sign ordinance of this sort is unhelpful and useful," said Jack Rudloe, a business owner.

If the sign is left damaged, it will be a code enforcement violation. The owners will have to pay up to $250 a day until it is fixed and up to code.

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