Electronic sign extension killed

After extensions and delays, the digital message boards are now illegal in Mandeville

Flash: Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 7:40 PM

MANDEVILLE — The City Council tonight (May 13, 2021) killed what would have amounted to a reprieve for some electronic signs in the City of Mandeville after they were outlawed five years ago and given a grace period which ended January 1st of this year.

Ordinance No. 21-02 would have amended existing city code adopted in 2015, which outlawed “Electronic Message Centers” starting January 1, 2021, after a five year amortization period. The City effectively extended the original January 1st deadline to May 1, 2021, as part of its COVID-19 accommodations.

This ordinance would have created an exception for signs whose digital components comprise 50% or less of the sign face surface, allowing them to operate until January 1, 2022. Those larger than 50% would be illegal.

Councilman at Large Rick Danielson, who introduced the ordinance, made a motion to withdraw his ordinance, and the council unanimously agreed.

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6 thoughts on “Electronic sign extension killed

  1. Councilman Danielson did the right thing. The public made it very clear that after almost six years, they are NOT in favor of lifting the ban on electronic message center signs, The P&Z listened and the council listened. That was the central focus of this ordinance, no matter how many edits and revisions there were. Now, if the P&Z wants to do a a review of the signs, they can….without an ordinance. Untangle the issues. Thank you to EVERYONE who took the time to send in e-mails and phone calls. This is a great example of how important each person’s voice can be! Thank you to all.

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