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LACC in the News | Sign Showdown: Lakeland Proposal Would Prohibit People From Holding Ad Signs

Friday’s headline in The Ledger:


Sign Showdown: Lakeland Proposal Would Prohibit People From Holding Ad Signs

In a survey of 142 Chamber of Commerce members, 55 percent oppose the sign-waving change.

Read the full story here.

In May 2011, the Chamber began the process to recommend changes to the City’s Sign Ordinance that would retain Lakeland’s aesthetic and ease restrictions on small business. On September 2, after a voluntary survey of Chamber members, the Sign Ordinance task force presented its formal recommendation to the City of Lakeland.

To download the Chamber’s original presentation to the City, click here.

Following that, the City evaluated the Chamber’s proposal alongside feedback from several public meetings and workshops and returned a proposed document.

The Chamber noticed several changes of concern in the the proposal and sent a follow-up survey to membership that focused on vehicle wraps, temporary banners, and human signs.

Download the results of that survey here.

Working with City of Lakeland staff, the Sign Ordinance Task Force recommended language to produce a final document scheduled to be presented for first reading at the City Commission meeting on July 16.

Read the entire proposal here.

The proposal is tentatively scheduled to be presented for a vote by the City Commission in August.

The Chamber is appreciative that the City of Lakeland has engaged members on this critical sign ordinance issue and grateful to have been involved in recommending revisions and updates to continue the success of the business community.  The City and the Chamber have worked closely on this issue and each party is proud that the public and private sectors have demonstrated the ability to work together in partnership.

Sign Ordinance Task Force members include:

Jimmy Waller, Chair | Sihle-Waller Insurance

Matthew Cantrall | Signs and Specialties

Mark Gauthier | Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

John King | City of Lakeland Beautification Board Member

Ben Mundy | SCMH Architects

Cory Petcoff | Baron Realty, Inc.

Don Pickard | Pickard & Pickard REALTORS

Alice Hunt | Hunt Construction of Central FLorida, Inc.

Kathleen Munson | Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce

Rich Roy | Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce