Just before the holidays, Wake Forest began sending out letters of violation to those with signs located in the right of way (ROW). We were able to get them to temporarily delay enforcement of their fines through the holidays to give us an opportunity to talk with them about our concerns.
We have met multiple times with Wake Forest staff and had conversations with the Mayor and Commissioners since that time. However, the Town is still adamant about enforcing the ordinance they already have on the books, which disallows signs in the ROW. Previously, they had not been enforcing the ordinance on the books.
The "grace period" they provided has ended and they are once again sending out letters of violation to any owners of signs in the ROW. Please remove identified signs or anticipate the application of a fine.
Please know that we continue to work with staff and the elected officials to find alternative ways to allow the necessary signs our members need to provide advertising and way finding. More than likely, these will come in the form of permitted signs on the backside of the sidewalk, just out of the ROW or through other means such as pole banners or flags.
If you have any suggestions, please feel free to contact me so that we can discuss your ideas further. Thank you.
Please be aware that the Town is now strictly enforcing their sign ordinance which can be found here.