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

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 05:00 PM.

Business owners were notified Nov. 1 that the signs were in violation of Florida Statute 337.406. They were given a deadline of 10 days to take the signs down. But while the business owners were given the violation notifications, the responsibility lies with the county to take them down.

“The people don’t own the signs, the county does,” said Rudd. “Six months ago, I got with the county. (They) were supposed to have them removed.”

Morrissey says it’s a real shame to lose the signs, which, when he and other business owners down Don Bishop put them up, were in full compliance with parameters the county had set forth.

“It was five feet wide, no taller than 10 feet, black (print) on white,” said Morrissey.

The 28-year owner of Paint Booth Body Shop down Don Bishop has come to terms that the offending signs will have to be removed, but he is afraid the sign removal will hurt business at his shop and elsewhere.

“That’s at least 75 businesses,” said Morrissey, of those that will lose at-the-road visibility.

Morrissey said that even though his business has been around for nearly 30 years, new customers and longtime residents still come in surprised that he is there.

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