ISLE OF PALMS — Businessman Dennis Samuelson told City Council on Tuesday night that he felt singled-out for punishment under a sign ordinance he said was arbitrarily enforced.
“In my opinion, the ordinance as written is far too subjective and it shouldn’t be up to the whims of government to determine who they want to pursue as violators,” he said.
Samuelson, owner of Carolina Coastal Properties LLC, said the city told him last week that he faced a $1,000-per-day fine unless he moved a company car away from the boulevard. Or he could turn it around so an advertisement on the rear window faced away from the road, he said.
“I’d like to think that I’m a pretty nice guy, but at the same time I have to stand up for what I believe to be correct,” he told Council.
Samuelson spoke to Council at its monthly meeting during a time reserved for public comment on any issue. Later, when the sign ordinance came up for discussion as an agenda item, Mayor Dick Cronin directed the city attorney to review the issue and see how other communities handle such situations. He noted that up until now the ordinance has served the city well.
“Let’s take a look at it,” Cronin said.
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