I need some sort of idea of how communities deal with the issues between what makes a sign and what makes a display. Here's what I'm dealing with.
We've got an electronic sign that, if attached to the glass, would be a clear violation of the sign ordinance that I'm asking for adoption on November 9th. It's got flashing and scrolling text. As it's written, as long as it touches the interior glass, it's a sign. Off the glass and it becomes a display and not regulated by this ordinance.
I've got a Main Street manager that is screaming about this issue. It's clearly a sign, designed and built as such, no matter how far off the glass it is.
1. How far inside a window does something in your community have to be to cease being a sign?
2. Do any of you have any language giving a code enforcement officer to authority to regulate window displays that are clear attempts at an end run around the sign ordinance?
Thanks in advance for any advice you may have.