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Yakima businesses choose no signs over getting permits

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YAKIMA, Wash- At the beginning of the year the City of Yakima started enforcing their street sign ordinance.  Linda Davenport with code enforcement department says they contacted 10 businesses about their violations and nine of them have corrected the problem. 

There are a lot less sidewalk signs along Yakima Avenue, but not necessarily because people are using signs according to the ordinance.

Michelle Wyles, the owner of Garden Dance and Rain Dance on Yakima Avenue says she opted to move her signs to private property on the side of her store although they are less visible rather than sort through what she feels is a confusing regulation.

"It's hard to tell what was required. I think it was a little bit oblique, as to how you were supposed to go about putting them out; and if you're going to be fined or not fined. And so, we've just gone ahead and moved them around the corner", says Wyles.

Four other business owners we spoke to feel the same way.  Under the ordinance sidewalk signs can only be used if the owner has a right -of-way permit from the city.  Also, businesses must have liability insurance and there can only be one sign per business. 

Today the City told KNDO they'll also propose an ordinance to regulate having merchandise on the sidewalk.