PSJ commissioners to again revisit sign ordinance

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM.

Port St. Joe commissioners and their constituents keep thinking they are done with a sign ordinance only to be pulled back in.

Another regular bi-monthly meeting Tuesday was marked by a lengthy and spirited debate about the sign ordinance and its impacts.

And, as has been the case the past few months, commissioners were sharply divided over moving forward, with another 3-2 vote, another vote with Commissioner Rex Buzzett and Mayor Mel Magidson in the minority, to again amend a sign ordinance the city has wrestled with for years.

“I would like to see a 5-0 vote for a change,” remarked Commissioner William Thursbay at one juncture.

His request was met a few minutes later when commissioners unanimously agreed on eliminating fees for recreational youth athletic leagues.

The latest uproar on the sign ordinance was spurred by registered letters delivered to business and property owners with signs deemed out of compliance under an amended sign ordinance just passed last month.

That amending essentially pushed back the clock on a five-year window for coming into compliance with the original sign ordinance passed five years ago.

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