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Police Announce Sign Enforcement ‘Effective Immediately’

That sign for a long past tag sale, concert, 5K road race or other or charitable event still on the side of the road?

Better get them down, fast.

The Westport Police Department today announced that “effective immediately” the Planning and Zoning Department will engage in active enforcement of regulations on temporary signs on town property, including traffic islands and road rights of way.

That means that if the signs are up more than two days after the publicized event, be it a concert or an election, they will be removed.

Planning and Zoning Department regulations also stipulate that all signs cannot exceed 2- by-3 feet and that they may not be erected more than two weeks prior to the event.

“In short, any signs found to be in violation of this policy will be removed from town property by town officials and discarded,” Lt. Anthony Prezioso said.

The town’s policy guidelines are extensive. No sign may be placed on any school property without the prior permission of the superintendent of school’s office. No sign may be placed within the interior of Compo Beach or Longshore Club Park, on Town Hall property, on trees or utility poles, and no sign should interfere in any way with traffic visibility, the announcement said.

In addition, signs on private property require property owner approval and shall not extend beyond the property line or into the town right-of-way.

While the town has no authority over signs placed on state property, officials advised against it.

State property includes rights of way and islands along Routes 1, 136, 57, 33 and the Sherwood Island Connector, as well as exit and entrance ramps off I-95 and the Merritt Parkway.

The state may remove the signs, according to the announcement.

For town roads, the announcement said qualifying organizations, such as local nonprofits, may send their requests, including proposed locations, to: Selectman’s Office, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

A maximum of 15 signs are allowed for each event, including directional signs.

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