All temporary signs must be pre-approved and displayed for 10 days at the max per month. (Source: WECT)
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -
There's a big difference between signs set in the ground, and signs simply stuck in it - at least, according to Pender County's code enforcement, there's a difference.
Business owner Sheila Rodney says she acknowledges the need for a sign ordinance, but doesn't think the county handles the citations fairly.
"If it applies to everyone equally why is it not enforced equally," Rodney questioned.
It's an ordinance, Rodney learned about the hard way, when an officer handed her a citation warning for flags she had in front of her business.
"I'll be quite honest when it happened to me, I was very upset," Rodney said.
The county letter warned of a $100 fine and stated all temporary signs must be pre-approved and displayed for 10 days at the max per month.
"It gives you 120 days a year that you can have a banner out, but only one. So, I have four and I have to kind of rotate them," said Rodney about ordinance.
Now, Sheila's signs are getting dusty while she's getting frustrated at the lack of enforcement as she watches other businesses violate the very same ordinance for weeks at a time.
Pender County code enforcement officials couldn't speak on camera, but they admitted there's only one code enforcement officer for the entire county. They said the 2010 sign ordinance is an improvement to the previous ordinance because of the online application businesses must fill out before displaying a sign.
Rather than throw caution to the wind, Pender County businesses are better off logging online, before flying their signs in the breeze.