Sign ordinance

Letter to the editor 3/7/13 edition

March 6, 2013 

Dear Editor,

What has happened to this nation, this state, this community? Regulations are out of control. The "sign" ordinance is an example. In today's economy, shop owners are being creative to attract customers. The "feather" flags are a new way to to draw attention -- and in time will wear out, fade, lose attraction and go away.

Why would the county want to fine someone who is trying to attract and stay in business?

I live in Bass Lake, and I do not own a business, but I believe these shop/business owners have the right to attract customers. If I owned a business and the building in Oakhurst right now, I would paint the building bright pink and green and add stripes and polka dots to attract customers. Then there would be a law about color.

It seems that the Yosemite High School clubs and teams can no longer promote fundraisers as they have in the past. I could always check the signs and banners at Rite Aid on the corner of Road 426 and Highway 41 to see what was coming up and happening in town. Will the county fine the Yosemite High clubs and teams, or the Boys and Girls Club $250 per day for their banners? How about the chamber, the Lions, Rotary or Library group?

What about the Christmas holiday signs and decorations? Events in the park can't post promotions on the corner. For Sale signs can be an eyesore -- down they must go.

Instead of sign harassment the county should solve the homeless problem and clean up the park. Why can't we just be the great community of support that we are and continue the communication that we deem important.

If not, eventually the only signs left will be ones in shop windows that say "For rent or lease." Is that acceptable?

Pat Johnson, Bass Lake

Editor's Note: The Oakhurst Area Sign Ordinance was adopted in 1993 and businesses had a 15-year grace period (up to 2008) to conform to the ordinance. Under the ordinance, promotional signs and banners for non-profit organizations and schools promoting fundraising events are allowed on a temporary basis (15 days consecutive and up to 120 days a year).

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