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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Business owners in Leland are worried potential restrictions on signs in town could cost them money.
Thursday town council will discuss limiting signs to a maximum height of six to eight feet depending on the business's zoning area.
Town planners want to change the look of Leland, but small business owners worry it will affect their bottom line. The town would give businesses five years to comply with any changes to its sign ordinance. One business owner says he cannot afford it during hard economic times.
"It's going to affect all of us," said Skip Witofsky, who owns Skip's Tires on Village Road. "It will affect me, because my sign will be six foot two, and people riding by with bushes up front, I mean they aren't going to see our sign."
Last week Wittkofsky went from business to business getting owners to sign a petition against the new ordinance. He says this is going to slow down business for the entire town. 
"It's going to affect us out here, because if you don't have the people coming through town and in town, it affects us," he said.
But not everyone agrees. Town Manager David Hollis says limiting the height of signs would benefit everyone. Hollis says signs are always an issue that most people do not agree on. 
"Businesses want signs that you can see from space, and planners and folks like that want signs that are more aesthetically pleasing," he said.
Wittofsky has had more than 80 local business owners sign the petition against the ordinance. 
Town leaders are expecting a good turn out at Thursday's public hearing. Their meeting starts at 7 p.m.

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5 Comments on "Leland businesses worried about possible sign restrictions"

Jason Davidson
2015 years 10 months ago

Really? You won’t go to the stores behind Pizza Hut because of the sign being too tall?

What a crock. Go to the store and spend your money or stop complaining. You live in a low-budget town for us locals. If you’ve moved in from another higher-budget town where everything looks like Waterford, move back. You’re in Leland. When is the last time you heard about someone being harmed near Shirley’s Diner? Prejudice.

2015 years 10 months ago

What is the big deal on Leland trying to improve their image. It has had a bad name forever and now that they have a chance to change that image a small handful wants to stop it. I live there and I have quit going to the stores and businesses in that part of Leland because it looks like the slums. The businesses should want to entice people to come. I heard there was a neat little gift shop behind Pizza Hut but I wouldn’t dare go there because of the look. Spruce up the place and you will get the business.
Also what does Belville ABC ans Scotchman store have to do with Leland signs.
Come on WWAY get some real news on and talk to people that just like to be on tv

2015 years 10 months ago

Leave the business owners alone and enable them to prosper instead of coming up with these silly rules. To be honest if you couldn’t see the McDonald’s sign from space then no traveler would even know that the town exists.

2015 years 10 months ago

Is Hinnant doing communist central planning in Leland too?

2015 years 10 months ago

“planners” wanting to make the town more pleasing to the eye. There’s part of the problem. Planners deciding what is appealing. I agree there should be uniformity, but simply ram-rodding regulations isn’t the proper way to go about it.


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