October 8th, 2013
Port Orange postpones decision on school advertising banners
By Mark I. Johnson
PORT ORANGE — City officials want to work with the Volusia County School Board in dealing with fundraising banners along fences on area schools.
Rather than take a stand on the issue Tuesday night, the City Council unanimously agreed to wait until it can get an interpretation of the state statute that states the city has no authority to regulate school property.
“We are going to keep the status quo,” said Councilman Bob Ford in explaining his motion. “The city does not have the authority to regulate schools.”
Signs and banners on area school fences advertising businesses have become commonplace in recent years as a way to help raise money to make up for funding cuts.
But some people have raised concerns the abundance of signs is a distraction that clutters up neighborhoods and violates Port Orange city codes.
City officials say the banners violate the city’s land development code, which considers such banners as off-site signs, which are prohibited. There are some exceptions, such as in conjunction with a special event permit or a grand opening for a limited period of time.