Brooklyn Small Businesses Being Fined for Sign-code Violations

Enforcement of the Brooklyn (New York) sign code is hurting small businesses, reports the Brownsville-East New York Patch. It reports, “Since 2015, more than 100 business owners around the Fulton Street Corridor have been charged between $5,000 and $20,000.” https://patch.com/new-york/brownsville/sign-fines-are-big-danger-small-business-owners-say.

“Chief Samsair, the owner of Roti on the Run at 3140 Fulton St., testified that he was fined $5,000, without warning, for the red neon sign that has been on the corner for more than a decade,” the article states. “We have lost a lot of customers due to the fact that our clients think that the store is closing or that we are out of business,” Samsair said.

Brooklyn council member Rafael Espinal has sponsored a bill to protect the small businesses. “We should be supporting these entrepreneurs and helping them thrive,” Espinal said, “rather than pushing them to extinction over petty ‘gotcha’ fines that are easily avoidable with the right education,” the article states.

 

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Wade Swormstedt

Wade Swormstedt

Wade is Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry. Formerly he was Editor and Publisher of Signs of the Times magazine.

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