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Date of Issue: March 30, 2006

Register or lose signs in Bradenton Beach come Monday

If you have a sign in Bradenton Beach, register it with the city or expect to lose it come Monday.

Bradenton Beach enacted a tough new sign ordinance last year that goes into effect April 1. Building Official Ed Mc Adam has said that unlicensed signs will be confiscated beginning Monday, April 3, with a $35 fee levied for the sign’s return.

Mc Adam said the sign law would be vigorously enforced. Mayor John Chappie said he expected the city to have a storage trailer on hand for storage of the confiscated signs.

Real estate companies will probably feel the most impact from the ordinance, due to their "for sale" or "for rent" signs. The new law requires the signs to be free-standing and attached "to a maximum of two 4-by-4 support posts with the top of the supporting arm located a maximum of 4 feet from the ground."

The cost of sign permits is pro-rated this year at $25 for new signs, and decals are required for all signs. As of Oct. 1, 2006, cost of real estate signs will be $50 each per year for new signs, $25 for annual renewals.

For more information or to apply for sign permits, contact the building department at 778-1005.