PSJ commissioners amend sign ordinance – again

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 09:48 AM.

Port St. Joe commissioners are hoping this last amendment to the city’s sign ordinance will be, literally, the last.

Commissioners last week again amended the ordinance, first created some six years ago, to address issues that remained after most recently amending the ordinance earlier this year.

Specifically, commissioners dealt with 14 signs in town which were deemed non-conforming after the sign ordinance was amended in January and which had led to considerable debate and protests since.

Commissioners left those signs alone, allowing them to be grandfathered into the updated ordinance until such time as the nature or name of the business changes, regardless whether ownership changes.

In addition, those signs grandfathered in can not be replaced by another non-conforming sign, enlarged or extended or reconstructed and can not be re-established if at least 50 percent of the sign is damaged or it has been removed or abandoned.

After amending the ordinance in January to tighten up language on the size and height of signs, commissioners heard protests from businesses as disparate as Five Star Collision, Emerald Coast Credit Union and McDonald’s.

While the amended ordinance provided a process to receive a waiver, the process brought fees which also came under fire.

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