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Hotel owner says sign ordinance is hurting his business

August 27, 2003

Best Western owners have lost $190,000 in their first nine months in Danville and they say it is because their sign can't be seen from the road.

City Commissioners agreed Monday that they would try to amend the Planning and Zoning ordinance to allow the hotel to raise its sign.

Owner Loyd Abdu said that he had planned to put the sign at the high point of the property, but was told by the gas company that he could not because a high pressure line runs under it.

He said that night after night customers call for directions and still get lost.

"Right now it makes more sense to close and pay the mortgage."

Abdu has bought some temporary signs which were posted on Friday, and he said that occupancy was up to 70 percent over the weekend.

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P&Z has stopped enforcing its temporary sign ordinance until the county finishes its revisions, so the motel will be allowed to keep the temporary signs for now.

City Commissioners said they will ask for help from P&Z's attorney so that they can avoid the same delays they had with a now resolved sign issue at Stuart Powell Mazda.

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