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Public discusses how to alter downtown Wilmington sign regulations


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The debate and discussion continue over the current downtown window sign regulations. A public meeting was held tonight to talk about hot button issues and results from a recent online survey.

During the meeting folks, were split up into groups to brainstorm and draft recommendations on how to alter the city's current sign regulations. Business owners had the chance to have their voices heard.

“We’re the ones who are affected,” said Clark Hipp. “Business owners, residents and just the general public, but I think it's important we come out and voice our concerns.”

Another hotly debated issue was the percentage of glass coverage on businesses' windows. The current ordinance has it as ten percent but businesses say that isn't enough.

The drafted recommendations will be presented at a second meeting on February 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Wilmington City Hall chambers.

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10% Coverage

Still with the signs? Ridiculous. All the problems downtown and Council is focused on signs in the windows of private businesses.


I was there last night and thought that it was a worthwhile meeting. The young lady who conducted our group was very good at her job. A number of people, spoke out against this ordinance. I was one of them.

With potholes all over Front street, vomit from the drunks and trash from the uncaring, I believe the city has more important things to worry about.


Looks like I will be gathering everyone up for a lawsuit.But I think we should go after personal assets of the folks responsible. Not the city's budget. this will be my goal to bankrupt the individuals not the city (that means find out who was responsible for this ordnance and sue the people not the city.)

Good luck with that...

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but the last I heard, you can't sue a public official in NC unless you can prove outright malice on the part of the subject of your suit. If it were that easy, people would go back and sue every elected official who brazenly voted in favor of a development that was wrong for a location but clearly knew they'd better vote yes. Even when you sue the local government (more likely their insurance company), there's limits as to how much you can collect.

Lawsuit coming

Count me in. You must have been at the meeting last night. I think it is unfortunate that we did not talk more, before or after. Never mind! I am an old man , but have a loud voice. Often heard in letters to Star/News or on various other media.

Would be happy to meet at Java Dog and plot strategy. I want someone held accountable.