Viewers Voice: Cape Coral sign ordinance could hinder business
Photo: Video by fox4now.com
CREATED Sep. 17, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral's curb appeal is the center of debate as a proposed ordinance could ban certain signage outside of businesses. It's a move some business owners say could destroy their livelihood.
The ordinance before city council would make "A-frame" signs on the side of the road illegal. It would also limit sign wavers from advertising on public streets.
Many, including council member Marty McClain say it's a public safety issue, distracting drivers and an eyesore.
"To be blunt, people say it looks trashy... 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.
Business owners, like Patricia Campo say it's these exact signs that keep her pet-sitting business going.
Campo said, "I will surely go out of business if I can't at least have two small signs to help advertise my business."
A lot of Fox Four viewers don't mind the signs.
Nancy posted on Facebook, "Leave the signage. Business in the Cape is what supports this city and encourages people to move here."
Another viewer wrote,"I wouldn't know where some of these businesses are... if not for the signs..."
Silvin said, "So many of those signs block the view of the street when coming off a side road. TAKE THEM DOWN!"
Carolyn thought, "They are an eyesore....they talk about texting being distracting, I think these are too."
Council expects to vote on the issue on September 30th.