Raleigh city council creates committee to study storefront signs

Storefront advertising in Raleigh could be changing, but not if business owners have anything to say about it.
April 2, 2014 4:39:30 AM PDT
After hearing feedback from business owners, the Raleigh City Council decided Tuesday to have a committee study possible changes to storefront advertising rules.

The issue began when the city got complaints about a bright LED sign at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Peace Street in downtown Raleigh.

Now, the city is considering regulating signs inside storefront windows the same way it would outdoor signs. According to a city report, nearly a quarter of all business would be in violation of the new rules.

Those who want the sign regulations say it's a safety issue, and also an aesthetics issue, but many business owners say it's their livelihood.

Also from Tuesday's council meeting, water rates will be going up beginning July 1. The increase will equal about $50 a year for the average bill.

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