CREATED Sep. 11, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - If you look for Best Pets Doggie Daycare and Boarding by its address, you won't find it.
That's because it's located in a back alley.
Owner Patricia Campo leases the back section of another shop and relies on signs to direct customers where to go.
"Without my signs, no one even knows I am here," Campo said.
But what Campo didn't know, her small temporary signs are illegal, and if Cape Coral City Council passes a new ordinance, her "A-frame" or "cafe" signs will get the boot too.
" I absolutely need my signs, without them I would be out of business," Campo said.
Fox 4 spoke on the phone with the Vice Chairman of Cape Coral's Planning and Zoning Commission. He said city code enforcement is cracking down on illegal signs and hopes to broaden the sign ordinance because they are "eyesores."
Councilman Marty McClain says he supports the ordinance.
"What do you say to business owners who say this will hurt their business immensely?" Fox 4's Sara Belsole asked.
"Those business that are set off to the side or out behind, I do have some feelings towards them, but on the other side the rents that people pay on space from that standpoint right there, they aren't paying as much as those on the major roads either," McClain said.
If the ordinance passes, Campo's only option is to buy a permanent post sign. But that could cost around $800, which is way above her budget.
Campo plans to speak to Council and hopes she will inspire compromise.
"Let's restrict how many signs per business where you are located. I don't understand the all or nothing rule," Campo said.