This is really from the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" department. Alexandria Bay officials are trying to force a law on local businesses to ban sidewalk signs on the basis they are a safety hazard....Even though the Mayor admits there is no recorded instance of a mishap.
Merchants are mad as their right to exercise commercial speech is infringed.
This is a village that depends on commercial activity...the kind of small businesses that need means to get their message out.
Signs on sidewalks, buildings and awnings are classic Americana, an no rational person would resist reasonable requirements to make sure the signs in question are sturdy and safe.
Sidewalk signs are where you find out what the lunch special is or what entertainment there is tonight. Those who get in government and then use their role to harass and hinder small business should really consider a career change.
Watertown Daily Times Bay businesses still sour on sign restriction