The city’s temporary allowance of banners and feather flags seems to have become permanent.
At their April 12 meeting, commissioners approved an extension of the ordinance that allows business owners located on commercial corridors to display a banner or feather flag. The extension ends on Dec. 31, 2017.
Business owners can only display a banner or flag if the rest of their property is up to code. According to city officials, 90 businesses kept flags and banners up after the expiration but said businesses would not be fined for violating the ordinance.
Originally, the commission voted to approve the temporary flags in June of 2012. Since then, the ordinance has been extended three times. It expired in December of 2015. The issue came up again in March when Mayor Gary Resnick wanted to crack down on businesses that were still displaying flags and banners after the ordinance expired.
In particular, he cited Oakland Park Boulevard as having too many banners. He called it “eye pollution” and said it made a mockery of the city’s “Life’s Just Better Here” tagline. “We take a lot of pride in Wilton Manors, but when you drive into Wilton Manors from I-95 it doesn’t look good.”
Commissioner Justin Flippen said a crackdown wouldn’t “send the right message to the business community.”
Commissioner Tom Green said the flags and banners help businesses and are especially needed on Oakland Park Boulevard. “I have no problem. I honestly think it’s a good thing,” said Vice Mayor Scott Newton.