Out-of-way-business signage to be removed from Highway 98

Don Bishop signage

Business owners were notified Nov. 1 that these signs were in violation of Florida Statute 337.406. They have been standing for almost a decade.

Molly Mosher | The Sun
Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 05:00 PM.


It’s going to be a bit more difficult to find businesses off the main vein of Highway 98 if Florida DOT has anything to do with it.

At the moment, large, white community direction signs indicate businesses down Don Bishop, Mack Bayou, 393 and elsewhere in South Walton. But those will be taken down after nearly 10 years of advertising less-visible businesses.

“Fifteen have been cited to be removed,” said Ed Morrissey, who owns a business down Don Bishop Road. He says Florida DOT’s reason for the removal is “that they are on the right of way.”

A DOT representative said they are indeed within the right of way and that it is illegal to have signage — or anything else — on the state-maintained land.

“There are (15) signs on Highway 98, a state road. You’re not allowed to put anything on state right of way,” said DOT’s Josh Rudd.

If it wasn’t for the right of way, however, the signs would still be in violation for their size or for off-site advertising, or a combination of the three factors, according to Rudd.

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