FORT MYERS, FL (August 18, 2017) – A year-long code enforcement initiative, focused on blighted and noncompliant business signage, has resulted in the removal or repair of more than 100 signs.
Starting in July 2016, the City of Fort Myers focused its business signage enforcement efforts on Cleveland Ave., Fowler St., Palm Beach Blvd., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., and Colonial Blvd. In one year, the sign sweep identified 112 signs that violated City Code. As of mid-August, 92% of those signs have been brought into compliance.
The most common violations included signs that were poorly maintained, signs remaining after a business had closed, and unapproved banners. Sign regulations can be found in Chapter 126 of City Code, which establishes requirements for the placement, installation and maintenance of signs in order to preserve and protect the health, safety, welfare and general well-being of the community's citizens. Signs in violation of code may create structural concerns, interfere with motorists’ sight lines, and can negatively impact property values and aesthetics.
“Without regulation, these signs become an eyesore and reflect poorly on our community,” explains Steven Belden, AICP, the City’s director of community development. “The sign initiative is just one step in making our city cleaner and safer. We’ve begun strategizing our next steps, which include improving parking accessibility and removing unsafe structures.”
To report a blighted sign or other code violation within City of Fort Myers limits, visit the City’s website: http://www.cityftmyers.com/761/Support-Center. You may also call the City’s Code Compliance Division at 239-321-7940.