CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral could ease up on its new sign restrictions after a city meeting Monday night. WINK News told you last year the city passed a law that bans certain signs, and sign wavers. But thanks to a new group, there could be a last minute compromise.
Patricia Campo says she was forced to move her Best Pets dog boarding and grooming business after the city passed its sign ordinance. "My front of my store was in an alley. I had a very difficult situation if I wasn't allowed to have a sign," she said.
The law goes into effect April 1st. It restricts the number of feather banners, and limits the amount of window advertising space to 30 percent. It also bans sign wavers and A-frame signs, the very sign Campo is hoping the city lets her keep.
Campo is a part of a group of concerned business owners who are worried the new restrictions will cut their cash flow. They want the city to relax the rules to allow one A-frame sign and 50 percent of window coverage.
"When they're looking for your business, if it's (the sign) just on the roof, it's going to be harder to find. I feel that will cause an accident more than if they just see an A-frame sign on the sidewalk," said Campo.
The Chamber of Commerce president tells WINK News he is pleased with the way all parties are working together. "The city had a very positive attitude the stakeholders concept that the city manager John Szerlag came up with, it allowed for free flow of information," said Mike Quaintance.
The decision is now in the hands of city council.