Cape sign ordinance amended


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Cape sign ordinance amended

By Liza Fernandez. CREATED Apr 22, 2014

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The Cape Coral city council voted on an amendment Monday night to the controversial sign ordinance it passed last year.

The ordinance was so controversial, council members delayed its enforcement for 6 months so business owners could come up with alternatives. And the group charged with that job is happy about the compromise.

Owning Best Pets Doggie Daycare is Patricia Campo's dream job.

“I wanted to open a place that was more like a home than a kennel. No caging, friendly dogs, a big outside area and lots of freedom,” she told 4 In Your Corner.

But she also said the sign ordinance council members originally passed last year was way too restrictive. In fact, she moved her business to a better location, afraid a total ban on A-frame signs would stick.

“I would be dead in the water. The first thing I say [to customers] is, look for the Best Pets sign on the lawn, and that's how people find us,” she added.

Monday night, council members agreed to allow businesses one A-frame sign to be displayed during business hours.

“Some form of advertisement away from the building is better than none,” said Campo.

Another change -- signage can now cover 50% of windows and doors, up from 30%. The amendment also prohibits “feather signs” all together. And those entertaining sign wavers are still illegal unless they stand on a business' private property.

Although Campo knows not every business owner will be happy with the new ordinance, she is happy businesses and the city were able to compromise.

“I'm looking forward to having a long successful career here in the Cape,” she added optimistically.

Council members Jim Burch and Rena Erbric voted against the amendment.

The city staff will take the changes and write a new sign ordinance for council members to approve, which is expected to pass without issue.