New Rules for Signs in Surf City Business District

May 16, 2018

Sandwich board signs, A-frame and chalkboard types of signs, some elaborate, others homespun, in the Surf City business zone must be taken in at night, under a zoning ordinance approved by the borough council earlier this month. The boards are often placed in front of businesses, denoting hours of operation, sales and other advertisements.

“The problem,” Mayor Francis Hodgson said prior to the unanimous vote, “is when they blow into the street.”

The measure also regulates that no business should have more than one sandwich sign, which is not to exceed 6 square feet. Additionally, the sign must be placed within the business location and not in an area that would impede use of the sidewalk.

Also addressed in the measure is the use of flags and feather flags, advertising flags shaped to look like a feather. The ordinance limits one flag or feather flag for every 25 feet of street frontage and prohibits the flags from being placed in the right of way or any location that will block the flow of the sidewalk.

Like the sandwich signs, these flags must be brought in each night at closing, according to the measure.

Special-event signs are permitted for nonprofit service organizations, such as the volunteer fire department, under the ordinance, but a permit must be obtained from the borough zoning officer.

The changes became effective upon approval of the ordinance May 9.

The council is being asked to approve amendments to zoning ordinances as the land use board reviews them and makes recommendations, the mayor said.

In other land use board news, the council also appointed Paul Hoover as alternate #1 to the board. With Hoover, the board is closing in on its 11-member quota. There are nine regular members and two alternates.

The council also authorized an agreement with Fred Million for the provision of assisting with the borough’s re-assessment program as ordered by the Ocean County Tax Board and the state Board of Taxation.—G.G.S.

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