Commissioners will seek public input on the design choice for the city’s wayfinding sign program.
At the Oct. 10 commission meeting, Todd Mayfield of Axia Creative, the firm hired to help the city with the program, estimated the signs would be installed in 12 to 18 weeks. But before that, he said a number of steps would have to be completed, including the city choosing a final design and finding a firm that wants to build and install the signs. About $86,000 has been budgeted by the city.
The purpose of the wayfinding signs is to direct visitors to certain destinations, including business districts, parks, and government buildings. Places like The Pride Center and Art Gallery 21 will also be on the signs. Each sign will be under 15 feet high and will include the city’s logo and tagline – “Life’s Just Better Here.”
City commissioners said they will narrow down the number of designs and present multiple choices for members of the public to vote on. Commissioners will meet again at least once more to discuss the which designs will be offered up for a vote, but when that meeting will take place has not yet been announced.
“I’d like to have more input from the community,” said Commissioner Scott Newton. He added that the design should be voted on but that the colors chosen should be left up to city officials because there are too many for people to feasibly vote on.
City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson said that an online poll would be created when the city is ready to present the choices.
Mayfield presented five designs, each with multiple variations, and commissioners received them with generally favorable comments. Mayfield said that the designs were uniquely created for Wilton Manors. “We try not to replicate what we’ve done in other communities.”
“I do like the fact that these are noticeable,” said Commissioner Tom Green. “I do like the brightness,” said Commissioner Julie Carson. Wilton Drive business owner Nick Berry said he likes the proposed designs because they will catch people’s attention as they come into the city. “You’re going to wake up and see it.”
Vice Mayor Justin Flippen said he hopes the process does not take “too much longer.”