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  • Lake view: Take time to clean up Highway 5 signs

  • Dear Editor, I recently read of the intention of installing another "Hollywood" sign on the Westside at a cost of $50,000 to $60,000.
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  • Dear Editor, I recently read of the intention of installing another "Hollywood" sign on the Westside at a cost of $50,000 to $60,000.
    Mayor Herb Keck quoted that this sign will identify us and say to visitors "We're proud of our area."
    This "area" should also include the Sunrise Beach corridor.
    Has the mayor driven Highway 5 and counted the number of signs and billboards between north Laurie to Greenview?
    There are countless sign of businesses no longer in business, sign in deplorable condition, signs that are no longer legible or are poorly handmade, signs that are tacked up on trees (probably without the owners consent), signs that block the visibility of the highway, blank decaying plywood billboards...
    I could go on, but my point is to spend that money first on cleaning up this unattractive mess before you boast about a beautiful area to the lake to visitors.
    There should be a cooperative Highway 5 comprehensive and enforceable sign ordinance in place with no grandfather clause; so as to start fresh with tasteful, attractive well designed signs.
    We CAN have a community to be proud of only if we take pride in it and become better stewards of the beautiful countryside that we are privileged to live in.
     

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