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January 23, 2014

Signage debate rages on

TIFTON —

Now that the conflict of interest issue has been resolved with Mayor Jamie Cater and any possible violation on signage, the Tifton City Council will proceed  with discussion on signage in the Historic District. 

For several months, council members have been discussing signage issues in the district and proposed revisions, while also hearing from concerned residents and business owners in that area. Another concern that has been presented to the council is interior signs.

At a previous workshop, city resident Bonnie Sayles, who resides in the Historic District, told council members that one resident commented to her that flashing interior signs are alarming to him. She said the neighborhood doesn’t want it and neither does she and her husband, who reside near a business that does have an interior sign.

Endless Summer Day Spa owners Hal and Thea Baxley were also present at that workshop and noted that their interior sign is in compliance with the current policy. With them owning a business in the Historic District, Hal has expressed many times at council meetings and workshops his concerns with certain signs not being allowed in the district, which could potentially help attract customers.

As far back in March of last year, he went before the council and addressed the Tifton Historic Preservation Commission’s denial of his application for the installation of a 42x16 inch scrolling LED sign to be placed on the top of the business’ existing sign. He and his wife appealed the denial and asked for the council’s support on their behalf in obtaining a permit for the proposed signage.

However, about a week later, after much discussion and input from members of the HPC and citizens who live in the Historic District, the council unanimously voted in a called meeting to uphold the HPC’s decision to deny the Baxley’s application for the installation of the scrolling LED sign.

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