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Building colors up for debate in Calabash

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The South Brunswick County town of Calabash has its own certain character. Business owners worry that if a new ordinance goes through, that character will change and the town won't feel, or look, like home any more. When you drive down beach drive in Calabash, you’re greeted by the smiling sun of the Sunrise Pancake House. If the board of commissioners votes in favor of the Unified Development Ordinance, UDO, it could mean sunset for the restaurant's sign. Rector Sisk owns the Sunrise Pancake House, and he's worried if the sign comes down so will his business. Clabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons said businesses like the Sunrise Pancake House will be protected by a grandfather clause. But if they need to change the sign or make repairs business owners would then be forced to comply. Clemmons says he's aware of the residents concerns. “We will have a committee that will address the issues and concerns of our citizens as voiced to the town.” If the UDO is approved buildings within Calabash could be forced to meet a new color pattern, which means the yellow at the Sunrise Pancake House would violate the new ordinance. “My yellow is my signature,” Sisk said. “Sometimes your color and your logos, or what have you, that's what people recognize you for.” Clemmons said even though the UDO is more comprehensive and should help Calabash grow, it still needs some work. The meeting on the new ordinance is happening Tuesday evening.

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Important government work

This is all that the Calabash government has to worry about? The color of business signs? Will they also decide if the loose end of the toilet paper in restaurant rest rooms has to come off the front of the roll, or down the back? After all, if a yellow sign is verbotten, what other seemingly innocuous issues threaten the future growth of Calabash? I'm beginning to wonder if total anarchy would not be a better alternative to megalomaniacal politicians who think they have the right to dictate every microscopic detail of your life. Anarchy, tyranny.....tyranny, anarchy.....I need to think about that one for a while....

Several years ago, our

Several years ago, our "Downtown Revitalization Committee" here in Jacksonville decided all the buildings in the downtown area needed to have the same red brick and white wooden accent facade. This would be the Court St.-New Bridge St. area and for those of you familiar with J'ville, you know that the night time traffic in this area cares little about what color the buildings are, and a great deal of the daytime traffic is merely on the way to the Courthouse. The city had just decided to spend millions remodeling the City Hall (including a four million dollar clock tower) and they wanted all the other buildings to match it. One owner in the area, with a building on either side of the street, took offense at the notion that someone would tell him what color his building should be and so he painted both of them a color that can only be described as "puke green". He got the desired attention, and after months of pleading from the Revitalization people, they finally paid to have both of his buildings painted back to a nice calm neutral color and very little has been heard about it since. I understand that Calabash wants to grow, but from the picture of this restaurant, it appears that the owner of this business keeps it clean and in good repair. When tourists go to beach areas, they also expect to see bright colors as part of the landscape. Our city and county passed several laws concerning the appearance of businesses and size and type of signs several years ago. Being a military town full of bars, tattoo parlors, and adult entertainment, it did eliminate some of the more tacky displays. But it has not grown the city in any way, and caused a lot of hard feelings from longtime business owners in the process, whose signs simply did not match the size of shape that the crafters of the law thought they should.