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Scott D. Peterson letter: Don't capitulate to sign companies

As a former Fargo resident, I am disappointed in the Fargo City commissioners bowing to the whims and pocketbooks of the local portable sign contractors.

As a former Fargo resident, I am disappointed in the Fargo City commissioners bowing to the whims and pocketbooks of the local portable sign contractors.

In regard to the large, neon letter, temporary portable signage that are proliferated around the Fargo metro area, I for one, find the overbearing portable signs ugly, cheap and tasteless when I visit my hometown.

The city of Fargo has done many wonderful things to help beautify and cultivate the image of the community over the years, but this type of large portable signage excels at distorting that image, especially to the visitor.

No where else but in Fargo do you see these large temporary portable signs. A majority of cities around the country are working to limit and/or ban them all together. For instance, a common theme limits portable signage to 32 square feet or less and to be displayed for a maximum of 90 days or less per calendar year. The current city of Fargo ordinance is nearly double those figures.

Come on, Fargo, think about a community standard that's for the betterment and beautification of the city, not an ordinance that is pro signage and visually unappealing.

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Scott D. Peterson

Grand Junction, Colo.

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