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Sussex County Council Extends Moratorium on Off-Premise Signs

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - The controversial moratorium on off-premise signs will continue for another two months in Sussex County. The moratorium was expected to expire on Wednesday, but was extended to Aug. 15 at Tuesday morning's meeting. Council members said that discussion is expected to continue on a sign ordinance next Tuesday. 

The moratorium was created so that the County Council could form an amended sign ordinance, with tighter regulations. Some on the council have said they are concerned with the proliferation of these billboards up and down Sussex County highways. 

"We're starting to look like a mini-Las Vegas," said Councilman George Cole in an April interview. 

The extension, as well as the process itself, has many in the sign industry "frustrated" by the tightening regulations. That included Lynn Rogers from Rogers Sign Company

"It would really put restrictions on what you could do," he said. "And the end result would be that the County Board of Adjustments would be inundated with Board of Adjustment variance case. For everything you do, you'd almost have to get a variance."

The ordinance, proposed in April, was multi-faceted, addressing traditional and electronic billboards. It also looks to increase enforcement by increasing fines. In regards to electronic signs, the ordinance would create illumination standards. The ordinance also would ban animations and noise on these signs.

"Electronic signs are getting out of hand," Cole said in April. "And we need to look at those because it's starting to get really distracting."

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