Editorial: Suspend Orleans Sign Code During Sewer Construction

A cost-free way to support businesses harmed by project

Last week much was hear from Orleans business owners' concerning the upcoming Main Street sewer construction project.  

In short, retailers on Main Street are concerned that customers will not be able to access their stores during the project.  Many concerns and ideas were floated but it seemed that general response was "grin and bear it".

How about rescinding the sign code for the duration of the project?

Let's allow affected businesses to use whatever signage they need to let the public know their business is open and direct motorists and pedestrians how to access their store.

Orleans is the only town on the Cape with a selectman known as the "Sign Nazi" for his constant hectoring of business owners over their sign code compliance.  If his head hasn't already exploded - this would be a great time for the entire board of selectmen to show their support for local business. 

Let the stores create whatever signage they need.  Heck, let them fly giant, inflatable "OPEN" balloon signs it it will help.

Once the sewer work is completed the town can go back to its usual sign code policies.

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