PSJ commissioners finalize sign ordinance

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 09:44 AM.

At Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the Port St. Joe City Commission once again turned their attention to a sign ordinance which has affected numerous businesses not currently in compliance.

After a motion was made to pass the ordinance, which would cause area signs to become more uniform in size, height and setback from city and state roads, Commissioner Bo Patterson seconded for discussion and expressed confusion as to why buildings larger than 20,000 square feet would be able to have larger signs than small businesses.

“We’re telling small businesses they can’t have a larger sign unless they increase their business,” said Patterson. “That’s discrimination in my book.”

Patterson asked the commission for additional time to review the ordinance

Mayor Mel Magidson said that most businesses have not had an issue bringing their signs into compliance. He said that aside from David Costa, owner of the McDonald’s off of Highway 98, he hadn’t heard any other complains.

Costa’s sign has been in violation for five years and at last month’s meeting he received a six-month extension to bring the Golden Arches up to code.

“Let’s get this down to something we can live with,” said Patterson as he crumbled up the ordinance page from his agenda. “I can’t live with this.”

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