After months of discussions and a vote by the public, commissioners approved a design for the wayfinding sign program. At their May 8 meeting, commissioners voted on concept 1B [pictured above], which was also the one most favored by the public.
Once implemented, the signs, which feature the city’s tagline “Life’s Just Better Here,” will be placed at various entrances to the city. There are 11 entrances into the city, but Todd Mayfield, of Axia Creative, the firm hired to design the signs, said it’s not known yet if all 11 entrances will get a sign.
The exact height of the signs is also not yet determined. Mayfield estimated between 12 and 16 feet. Commissioner Julie Carson asked if 16 feet was too high. Mayfield said once his company creates a mock up of the signs they will have a better idea of what the height should be. “We just want to be sure they have the right presence,” Mayfield said.
“It looks like a swizzle stick. It looks to me like you brought it home from Hawaii,” said Commissioner Tom Green. “I wouldn’t want to buck the public,” said Vice Mayor Justin Flippen.
Green and Commissioner Scott Newton said they preferred the second design but agreed with Flippen to go with the one favored by the public. “I will not vote my true feelings on the sign and join in with everyone else,” Green said.
Flippen said the signs are part of letting people know the city is not just a neighborhood. “We want folks to know we are the City of Wilton Manors.”
“To me, it finally looks like we’re getting art in public places,” said Green.
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