Beaufort City Council has been asked to stop allowing banners that promote local events from being hung at the intersection of Bay Street and Ribaut Road. Nearby residents said they're unsightly, will detract from the value of their homes and are illegal, per the sign ordinance.
The city can deal with the sign ordinance, but the residents who spoke to City Council admitted the banners didn't deter them from buying the properties they've renovated beautifully. It was pointed out that the banners have been placed there for many years, primarily on behalf of nonprofit groups, and we've never had a complaint.
While these banners bring in a little income for the city, their main purpose is to inform the community that nonprofit organizations are having events to raise money to continue bringing cultural events to us, or to care for the less fortunate. I refer to the Beaufort Orchestra, Festival of Trees, CAPA, CODA, the Water Festival and many more.
I read The Beaufort Gazette to keep up with events in my community, but I know that's not the case with everyone. I also know that the banners are a great way to communicate with the large majority of city residents who live beyond the intersection of Bay and Ribaut.
If you want to see the banners remain at this location, go to the City Council meeting at 6 p.m. today and let City Council know how you feel. I hope we can keep the little things that make us unique and make others want to live here.