Some local businesses have asked for a seasonal provision to the sign code that allows non-durable signs to fly during certain months of the year when tourist traffic is low. The commission supports the idea and recommended a standardized 'open' flag that businesses can fly at certain times. Aesthetically, I think its a great idea, but I wonder about the constitutionality.
If the request goes through, it would allow for one banner per business...all banners would have to be identical using a pre-approved design (the banners would likely be bought in bulk and provided to the businesses). To me this seems like putting commercial speech on a pedestal and also a perhaps illegal regulation of content. Perhaps the counter argument is that all parties still can develop signs in conformance with our general sign code.
Anyone have any insight? We don't have an attorney on staff and I figure the real-life experience of Cyburbians would be valuable.