By DOTTY NIST
Sandwich board signs, the large folding ones that people sometimes carry as an advertising device, are popular in many places but currently are not legal along Walton County’s scenic corridors.
For the CR-30A and Scenic Gulf Drive scenic corridors, that could change.
Walton County Administrator Larry Jones recently brought up the possibility of the county allowing sandwich board signs on a limited basis along those two scenic corridors. This was during the Nov. 26 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) regular meeting at the Walton County Courthouse.
Noting that some interest had been expressed in the use of this type of sign, Jones asked for the commissioners’ direction on the possibility. He offered to have staff draft language providing for use of these signs if the BCC so desired.
“I would say definitely,” District 5 Commissioner Cindy Meadows responded. Meadows said she had received many calls requesting that businesses be able to use sandwich board signs. It was her opinion that allowing these signs would help small business.
District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander said she had received similar calls. She noted that signs of this type are used by businesses in places such as New Orleans and Key West for advertising.
Meadows made a motion to direct Jones to move forward on the matter, and it was approved unanimously.
A change to the Walton County Land Development Code will be required to make sandwich board signs legal on the two scenic corridors.
By DOTTY NIST