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City schedules meeting on downtown sign rules

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- In the wake of public outcry over an ordinance restricting signs at downtown businesses, the City of Wilmington has called a public meeting.

Business owners say they're only now finding out about the regulations passed in 2008 as the city starts enforcement. The city admitted it dropped the ball in adequately notifying businesses.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

A news release from City Manager Sterling Cheatham says the city is asking for help and input to improve downtown sign regulations. The public is invited.

The release says anyone interested is encouraged to attend to:
·Increase your understanding of the city's policy regarding signs and fliers in windows;
·Discuss and provide input about alternatives to the city’s policy regarding signs and flyers in windows;
·Help identify ways the city can better communicate with downtown stakeholders in the future.

For more information about the city's sign regulations or the upcoming meeting, call (910) 342-2782 or e-mail brian.chambers@wilmingtonnc.gov.

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So who is crying??

In the wake of public outcry over an ordinance restricting signs at downtown businesses, the City of Wilmington has called a public meeting.

Ok, so where is the public outcry?? All I saw and heard were businesses owner complaining. Please public outcry my foot!

The City is full of its Self!

This ordnance was create in 2008 because of a bar that had its windows bored up and surrounding property/business owner's felt uncomfortable.
(I have city officials stating that on tape!) Well that bar is no longer their.If the city truly wanted to in act an ordnance that made sense it would read more like this(If a Zoning official or Law Enforcement officer cannot see clearly into your business you are at violation.) Secondly this ordnance is city wide not just for the CBD . and thirdly when you buy commercial property your not only buying Sqr.feet your also buying window frontage or road frontage.This is a clear and direct attack on the worth and future value of all Wilmington's commercial property owners!

Not really outcry, you are right

It is more disappointment. The public that goes downtown sees how great and "cool" things could be. Business owners downtown are passionate about this city, as they should be. Government intervening for no real reason on this issue. We've got music venues (see BAC, Pour House, Greenfield Lake, etc) stepping up and bringing better bands to town. Then we have artists making kickass posters and artwork to support arts and entertainment in town....which drives attendance, driving revenue, driving fun into the city. There isn't much reason for the local government to intervene and tell a business owner can't put posters on your own windows. Is the reason aesthetics? I'd love to see the transcript the arguments posed by our local officials on this issue. The whole thing is ridiculous. Actually, I'm passed disappointment and just moved to outcry now that you mentioned it.

Not really outcry, you are right

It is more disappointment. The public that goes downtown sees how great and "cool" things could be. Business owners downtown are passionate about this city, as they should be. Government intervening for no real reason on this issue. We've got music venues (see BAC, Pour House, Greenfield Lake, etc) stepping up and bringing better bands to town. Then we have artists making kickass posters and artwork to support arts and entertainment in town....which drives attendance, driving revenue, driving fun into the city. There isn't much reason for the local government to intervene and tell you you can't put posters on your own windows. The whole thing is ridiculous. Actually, I'm passed disappointment and just moved to outcry now that you mentioned it.