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Advertising signs helpful to visitors We were vendors at the 8th annual Lake and Pine Craft show at the fairgrounds in Park Rapids last weekend. It was very disappointing as we approached and entered the city limits of Park Rapids Friday, the fir...

Advertising signs

helpful to visitors

We were vendors at the 8th annual Lake and Pine Craft show at the fairgrounds in Park Rapids last weekend. It was very disappointing as we approached and entered the city limits of Park Rapids Friday, the first day of the two-day show, that we did not see any advertising signs.

It was later that day that we were told by the promoters that your city has an ordinance that signs within public right-of-way or easement, except for signs installed by government entities, are not allowed without a permit. Our craft promoters did apply for a permit, but were denied.

I can't believe your city council does not realize the business that a craft show brings to your town and therefore, why would you want to deny street advertising for the show. Yes, it was advertised in the local and surrounding area towns' newspapers and over local radio stations, but doesn't the council realize there are a lot of out-of-town people coming to Park Rapids or driving through who do not read the local newspapers or even listen to a local radio station?

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The crafters, themselves, support various businesses, staying at local motels, eating at restaurants, purchasing fuel for their vehicles and shopping in your retail stores. I have been in the craft business for many years and I hear our customers, time and time again, say after shopping at the craft show, they will go to the local businesses for lunch and shopping in their retail stores. Many customers are from outside the area, which also may mean a stop at a gas station before heading home. All this taken into consideration, wouldn't it be fair to the crafters to allow us to advertise on your local streets?

As I came back into town Saturday morning, I noticed garage sale signs and Farmer's Market signs on the public right-of-way or easements. My question is, why are these signs allowed and not signs for a local craft show?

Mary Coil

Staples

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