CREATED Sep. 16, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Driving down Cape Coral Parkway are displays of bright lights and billboards. They're best explained by business owners as, "At least people could see i'm in business," said Patrica Campo, during public comment at Monday night's council meeting.
Campo relies on signs, called A-frames, for her pet-sitting service, Best Pets, on SE 47th Street.
"I will surely go out of business if i can't at least have two small signs to help advertise my business," explained Campo.
An ordinance before city council would would limit A-frames, feather banners to only certain times of the year and sign waivers on public streets.
Councilman Marty McClain is leading the charge.
"A lot of this is done to give uniformity, to give curb appeal, to make the city look cleaner because it has been abused without question," said McClain,
He says over the past year, the city has received complaints.
"To be blunt, people say it looks trashy," McClain added.
But other city leaders worry the proposed change could hurt struggling businesses.
"This is a one size fits all and i'm not so sure it's going to work that way," expressed Mayor John Sullivan.
Councilman Kevin McGrail, added, "If we do not handle this correctly we could end up having a whole lot more empty store fronts in our city." He said 79 percent of businesses in the city are renters.
Some say that would be even bigger problem for an already cash-strapped city.
"I don't understand why it has to be all or nothing," said Campo.
Council is expected to vote on the ordinance September 30.