MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A Myrtle Beach committee met Wednesday to discuss a change that could affect several local business owners. The committee made up of business owners, Myrtle Beach residents, architects and even sign manufacturers discussed a proposal that could allow electronic signage throughout the city. There was discussion to possibly enforce the idea as well.
"We are looking at the various aspects of electronic messages and how that relates to a community. We're dealing with issues of visual clutter. We're dealing with issues of the messaging that's on the signs and we're going to make a recommendation to City Council," Committee Chairman James Hubbard said.
The committee was put together by Myrtle Beach City Council to dig deeper into the idea to allow the electronic signs throughout the city. Wednesday was the third time the group met and will meet again Dec. 10. By the end of the meeting in December, committee members said they plan to have a recommendation ready to hand over to council.
"Most importantly is how does a visitor and how does a resident of the city of Myrtle Beach relate to their surroundings? And signage, whether we like it or not is a big part of that issue," Hubbard said.
Right now electronic signs are allowed in some areas of the city, and not allowed in other areas. The group discussed measures such as how bright the signs would be allowed to shine and whether the signs would be strictly for numbers and letters, or if pictures would be allowed too.
The idea was discussed whether the electronic signage should be mandatory. One committee member noted that measure would make some business owners upset because of the financial responsibility a new sign would cause. Another committee member mentioned the idea to give the businesses a seven year time frame in which they would have to conform to the electronic signage. But right now, everything is still being discussed and a final decision has not been made.
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