sun staff writer
BRADENTON BEACH There will likely be fewer
signs along city streets by the end of the week
and a lot more in a temporary storage facility.
The Bradenton Beach Building Department began enforcing
the citys new sign code Monday by pulling
signs that were placed in the right of way.
Code enforcement officer Jerry Rathvon and code
enforcement technician Gail Garneau started removing
the signs at the south end of the city in the morning.
The plan was to go after signs encroaching into
the right of way, a violation of the new code, followed
by signs placed within five feet of the lot boundary,
another violation of the code. Finally, the city
will crack down on signs that have no permits as
required for the first time.
Under the new code, which was amended by ordinance
Oct. 20, 2005, all signs must have a permit initially
costing $50 with a $25 annual renewal fee. Existing
signs this year will cost $25 because the city is
pro-rating the annual fee to the end of the fiscal
year. Owners of signs seized by the city will have
to pay $35 to get them back plus the cost of a permit.
Owners of signs who get permits receive either a
sticker for temporary signs, such as real estate
sales or rentals, or a metal tag to be attached
to permanent signs such as for stores or resorts.
Bradenton Beach code enforcement technician Gail
Garneau removes the first of many signs from the
right of way Monday.
SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT