Cape council approves new sign laws
Fox 4 News Staff
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Leaders in Cape Coral voted tonight to clean up the city. Council members agreed to enforce sign laws for how businesses advertise.
For over a month, Fox 4 reported on how the Chamber of Commerce and city is split over this. On Monday, city leaders voted five to three in favor of the new laws.
"I ain't hurting nobody," said David Brantley, a sign waver for Dixie Roadhouse. "I stand up at the back of my truck and I waive a sign."
Patrica Campo, owner of Best Pets said, "Please don't pass this one today without asking the little guy what ideas he might have."
But both the little guys and all businesses will have six months to comply with the new laws. All A-frame signs will be banned as well as sign waivers on public property. Feather banners will be limited to three-month intervals four times a year and with a permit. And most window signage now can't be larger than 30 percent of the window it cover.
Critics argue with many still struggling to make ends meet, it's the wrong time to do this. Supporters say the ordinance must be enforced to raise property values and to reduce blight in the city.
"It looks like trash," said councilman Marty McClain, who sponsored the ordinance. "It looks like a circus you look out on 47th, a couple years ago, its' all torn and vehicles. Guess what, business isn't there."
Councilman Chris Leetz countered, "It has good pieces," he said, about the ordinance. "But it has too many broken pieces and we don't have to take an action that will result in a negative outcome."
The new laws won't take effect immediately. Businesses will have until April 1, 2014 to comply.