Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Latest Sign Ordinance Version More Restrictive to Advertisers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Latest Sign Ordinance Version More Restrictive to Advertisers

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Now up for consideration in Clay County's

long sign ordinance debate: Draft No. 5.

The latest version of proposed changes to the sign ordinance is

the one tentatively adopted Tuesday by the County Commission,

which embraced some provisions of earlier versions and added a

few of its own.

The end result would, among other things, ban new billboards

and reduce the allowed size of existing billboards that have to

be replaced. It would reduce the allowed size and height of

onsite signs erected in the future and on-site signs that have

to be replaced, but grandfather in existing signs.

Also, the latest revision would ban so-called "bandit" signs --

small temporary signs placed on county right of way -- and allow

political signs on vehicles during 30-day campaign seasons.

In addition, the commission voted to cut the amount of time

violators have to remove illegal signs from 60 days to 10 days.

All the provisions approved by the commission Tuesday are being

compiled into a new document -- draft no. 5 -- which is expected

to be completed some time next week, said county zoning

officials.

The commission is expected to take final action at its Feb. 10

meeting.

Commissioners said they were pleased with the overall outcome,

although they did not unanimously approve each of the new

draft's provisions.

"It is not very often commissioners can take a bold step

forward and help all elements of the county," said Commissioner

George Bush.

And they managed to insert some humor.

"If we do away with billboards," asked Commissioner Larry

Lancaster, "how are we going to know what the lottery [jackpot]

is every week?"

But some sign industry representatives were not amused with the

outcome.

"I'm not sure I know what they just did to us," said Rus Adams,

general manager of Universal Outdoor Inc. …

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