Sign ‘Em Up

In the span of 12 hours last week, 2 alert readers emailed several shots of local signs.

In typical Westport fashion, they’re poles apart.

A woman named Victoria is not a big fan of the signs that have sprouted at Bridge Square.

She writes:

I know there was some concern when Dunkin’ Donuts moved in and had their flags. That was nothing compared with the eyesore that is on the corner now.

We are big fans of the new restaurants that have moved in and wish them lots of success, but hope they can modify their Pepsi advertising signage and their massive white board which seems more appropriate for a Holiday Inn conference. Do any local laws govern signage such as this?

A couple of miles away — geographically and philosophically — there’s Lloyd Allen. The owner of Double L Farm Stand is a big fan of creative, eye-catching and hand-made signs.

However, he says, the recent P&Z “clean sweep” of Post Road signs has forced him to remove some of his own. Right now they rest in front of his store — not, more visibly, nailed to nearby trees.

“The town takes its signs seriously,” he notes. But, he says — tongue only slightly in cheek — “If my sign said ‘Vote Grass Fed!’ that would be okay.

“Or ‘Still Lost: Free Range Chickens.”

Meanwhile, “the biggest signs of all are the ones that say ‘Space Available’ up and down the Post Road.”

“Count them,” Lloyd says, referring to the legal “For Rent” signs. “Go figure the logic behind it all.

“Of course, businesses can pay $80 for a minuscule chalk board sign that’s unreadable form a car going the posted speed limit.”

Lloyd believes each establishment should be allowed one sign. “Better that,” he says, “than going out of business.”

After which your landlord can put up a big, ginormous sign. Saying “Space Available.”

4 responses to “Sign ‘Em Up

  1. The P&Z routinely ignores signage regulations. And the Real Estate Brokers are the biggest violators placing signs on feeder roads. Regulations state that broker signs should only be placed on the for sale property, but the brokers load up feeder roads with signs and the P&Z ignores it. Take a look at North Compo & Janson Road for example.

  2. Longtime Westporter

    Love Lloyd Allen’s sense of humor! He’s right that signs would be allowed if it were for a lost pet or for an election candidate or for an empty storefront. Would someone from the P&Z help us out to explain how a terrific store like Double L Farm Stand can get people to find them on the Post Road? I’m serious. They have the best-priced and freshest vegetables and fruits, but it’s hard to see their store. (Note: they’re between Cumberland Gas, which my GasBuddy app tells me is the cheapest gas in town, and Calise’s deli.)

  3. Jay Dirnberger

    I can appreciate the views on commercial signage but how about the seasonal litter from all the bake sales, school plays and farmers markets etc. that blanket every open corner of the town. I recall you talking about the attractive plantings on Parker Harding and the Post Road when you led the Historical Society bus tour. One could barely see the flowers because of all the signs. Check it out.

  4. I know it’s a touchy subject but I wish the town would prohibit yard signs … they are a blight on every corner and seriously diminish the attractiveness of the town.