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Sebastian Council to revisit sign rules for new, existing businesses

SEBASTIAN – Members from the Sebastian City Council have been receiving complaints and questions from residents and business owners around town about the city’s sign ordinance.

Councilman Richard Gillmor brought up the issue at a recent council meeting, asking his fellow members for support in putting the item on an upcoming agenda for discussion.

“When times are tough,” Gillmor said, the city has loosened sign restrictions to assist businesses in announcing themselves.

Gillmor told the council that he has heard from some in the community that there is confusion as to who can have what kind of temporary signs, which has led to some “weird” signs along County Road 512.

“I wholeheartedly agree,” Councilwoman Andrea Coy said in supporting Gillmor’s request for more discussion.

Gillmor said that the city should either enforce the sign ordinance or re-evaluate it.

Due to the downturn in the local economy, Sebastian officials have relaxed sign restrictions so that businesses can not only bring attention to their shops but also announce specials and deals.

Some signs that are now being allowed include tall, thin feather-shaped signs as well as sandwich board-style signs.

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