Largo Repeals Deadline for Enforcing Pole Sign Ban

FASI participated with local businesses in a successful appeal to modify the City’s enforcement of a pole sign ban originally enacted in 2007. At its meeting on March 19, the Largo City Commission voted 5-2 to repeal a deadline for compliance with its pole-sign ban which otherwise would have been enforced beginning in June 2019. […]

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Should Signs be Regulated as Lighting Devices?

The answer is a very clear “no.” An article by FASI President/Executive Director Bill Dundas published in the January 2016 issue of Signs of the Times magazine explains that electric signs are not lighting devices, per se. Their purpose is not to provide light, but to deliver messages. Thus, they should not be regulated as […]

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Google’s Plans for San Jose Mega Campus to Spur Massive Development

During the past few years, Google has purchased commercial and industrial properties throughout the San Jose (CA) area pursuant to the search engine firm’s plans to build a mega campus and a transit-focused village of office buildings, homes, restaurants, and retail shops. Ultimately, as many as 25,000 jobs would be brought to the city, including […]

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FASI Appoints Nicely and Young to Board of Directors

During its meeting on June 12, 2019, the FASI Board of Directors approved the nominations of new Board members Brad Nicely (Sycamore Sign Service, Knoxville, TN) and Teresa M. Young (Sign Biz, Inc., Dana Point, CA). Teresa is a past-chairwoman of the International Sign Association (ISA) and Brad has many years’ experience working for national […]

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Saga of the Giant Tire Sign

Author Steven J. Frey documents how the iconic tire-sign made its transition from an attraction at the 1964 New York World’s Fair to a landmark in suburban Detroit. http://www.pressandguide.com/news/dearborn-heights-writer-tackles-the-tire-research-reveals-truth-myths/article_fb5d635e-9915-11e9-a99f-bbaa34e84412.html

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Chesterfield County (VA) Gives a Green Light for EMCs

The Chesterfield County Planning Commission, which has jurisdiction over a large suburban area located near Richmond, VA, voted last Tuesday to send a new, business-friendly sign ordinance to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation for approval. The proposed ordinance will simplify the county’s arduous application and approval process for local businesses seeking to install […]

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San Jose, CA, Preserves an Historic Neon Sign

While the business it once identified is long gone, the community recently stepped in to rescue a whimsical landmark sign that features a dancing, neon pig. https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2019/06/21/stephens-meat-sign-san-jose-diridon-google.html#g/456058/6

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On-premise Signs: Key Elements in Revitalized Communities

Local jurisdictions throughout the U.S. increasingly recognize storefronts and signage as essential elements in renewing their downtown districts and spurring economic growth. FASI regularly shares news items from across the nation cataloguing the efforts of various cities and towns to upgrade the appeal of their central business districts. Given the growing number of municipalities these […]

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Local TV Station Profiles Family Sign Business

Bossier Sign Company (Bossier City, LA) is typical of hundreds of sign shops across the U.S. operated by families and built up over several decades by multiple generations. And this company has a special mascot to keep everyone on schedule. https://www.ktbs.com/rick-rowe-s-where-in-the-arklatex-bossier-sign-company/video_aaee2be3-56d8-5803-80e0-b64865d31fd5.html

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Virginia Town Aids Local Businesses Damaged by Tornado

On May 11, 2019, an EF-1 tornado ravaged sections of Suffolk, Virginia, a city located in the western section of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area which also includes the independent cities of Hampton, Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. In addition to damaging a number of residential structures, the storm also damaged several […]

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