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Signs, signs everywhere and nowhere

Whew. Never thought I’d make it through Thanksgiving what with all the talk about Christmas and Hanukkah. Now, don’t take it wrong. I love this time of year. But, I’d really like to savor each holiday, not jam them all together. It’s funny how we all get together for Thanksgiving to give thanks for what we have, and spend the next couple of days going and getting more. It’s really more sad than funny.

Driving to work this morning, I was excited to see the county workers putting up the Christmas lights along Route 3, through the main part of King George.

It will be interesting to see if they expanded their decorations to include the whole of the county seat, or just the where the displays have always been. How many of you have noticed how there are not enough lights to be put in front of all the businesses through main street King George?

If I had a spot on the main drag, I’d want a county decoration in front of my business (only if there was an existing pole there of course!) What say we bring holiday equality to the main street?

Small businesses in King George do their best to get their name out there, but with the restrictions on signage, this can be a futile effort. Even living here, there are places I haven’t been to, or even known about except by word of mouth and maybe an advertisement here and there, only because they can’t have a sign out on the roadside.

We have a world-class winery in the county, and they aren’t allowed to put a sign out on the major road by their entrance because “they don’t own property alongside the road.” Hog wash. If the landowner gives the okay, why is it going to be a problem? No one complained so much for all those candidate signs that sprang up like a plague. (there are still a couple left out there!) So, the winery pays big bucks to put up their name and advertisement on a gigantic billboard.  Can someone explain this to me? Which would I want to see, a neatly designed sign or two on the side of a major road or a gigantic billboard? Which is more esthetic or even more effective? The county doesn’t seem to go for the esthetic. And don’t get me started on realtors’ signs.

Small businesses have their hands tied on street advertising. But, there seems to be an abundance of little 2x2 or 2x3 plastic signs stuck on wire and jammed in someone’s yard or next to a wood line or intersection. Sign garbage I call it. These are more hideous to me then a nicely done sign along the curb of a shopping center or business entrance.  

I know VDOT takes improper sign placement very seriously. Just look behind the shop building off State Road. There are hundreds of signs that were “picked up.”

There seems to be no consistency in signage in King George.

What is okay for Company A is denied for Company B, and so on. Businesses that put the little plastic signs all over the place seem to face no consequences. Or if they do, it can’t be much as the signs continue to show up all over the county.
I love the holidays. I love decorations. But, like signs, I’d like them to be equal, visible, bright, & worth my time looking at them.

Believe me, I’ll get the message.

Lori Deem

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