Political Sign Controversy

By: Kate Eckman Email
By: Kate Eckman Email

Bay County Elections Supervisor Mark Andersen's attempt to pass a uniform political sign ordinance in Bay County got its first test. Springfield was the first city to take up Andersen's proposal Thursday night.

The only way the county could achieve one set of rules for political signs would be if each city passed the same ordinance, so that's what Andersen is proposing.

Springfield city commissioners like the idea of a uniform code, and they agreed with most of Andersen's recommendations, but they don't like the idea of limiting the number and the spacing distance for signs in a homeowner’s or renter's own yard.

Robert Walker, Springfield Mayor, said, "It's hard to tell an individual that you can only put two signs on your 30-foot lot, so that kind of concerns me. I think that's the only problem I have with it personally, and I think that can be worked out."

Jimmy Talley, City Commissioner, added, "I do have an issue with that because it's my belief that we should be able to put as many signs in our own yard, or a citizen should be able to put as many signs of the same candidate as he would like."

Springfield commissioners won't vote on Andersen's proposal until at least February.


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