Friday’s headline in The Ledger:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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