Spinning signs might have to go in the Cape
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The days of sign spinners and mannequins waving signs might soon be a thing of the past.
Cape Coral Councilman Marty McClain says now that the economy's on the rebound in the city, it's time for some businesses to rein in some of the extreme signage.
He says some businesses are breaking the law with their outdoor signs but code enforcement has let it go because of the poor economy. But he says now is the time to rework the ordinance, so everyone's on the same page and rules can be enforced.
One small business owner said it would hurt his business.
"This is a good way for people to see us, let's them know that we're here," small business owner Christian Mena said.
He says it's not just a matter of the advertising; some of his friends make $15 an hour spinning signs.
However, McClain says the extreme signage can make the city look tacky.
"You've got the Christmas decoration effect," he said. "One person does something and the other person tries to outdo them."
The city is holding meetings with local businesses before an updated ordinance can be drafted and put before council, sometime before they break for summer vacation.
Colleen Hogan, reporter