The City of Palm Coast, in it's infinate wisdom has come up with a plan. We have a sign ordinance here that doesn't allow signs advertising various things...unless of course it's politically connected and we're in an election year.
The Realtors® and homeowners went to the City and pretty much said..."Hey. Back off. Times are tough, we need to be able to place signs to direct people to open houses since our streets are winding and difficult. Hey. Back off. We want to be able to place signs for yard sales...times are tough and we want the leeway to direct people to the right location". The City relented and put a moratorium on the ordinance.
Well, fast forward to today. A City council member, who STRONGLY opposes any signs, has now come up with a plan. And it goes like this:
$250 per address registration for an open house.
$30 per directional sign per open house.
No more than one sign per corner. (so if another Realtor® already has an open house registered for that day, you're out of luck)
City employees will place and remove the signs.
The City will start advertising the open houses on their website, which of course takes traffic off of the Realtor® websites.
There will be one day per month designated as open house day.
Say WHAT? You're going to pay city employees overtime to place and remove the signs with an offset of the funds you collect?? You're going to interject government into private enterprise and advertise open houses on the city website?? You're going to put yourselves in the middle of the mix and what, hold arbitration hearings when you mess up or call and apologize to the homeowner? You're going to decide, in a city that is known for visitors coming here looking to move here permanently or purchase a second home throughout the year, that only one day per month open houses will easily be found?
So, let's see. That's $250 for the permit and at least $120 for the signs. That's $370 to the city. Add an additional $50 for the ad in the newspaper. Let's see..beverages (at least water in this weather) and a little something for the visitor to munch on, another $20. Total: $440
Missed clientel that may have come to the open house if it wasn't regulated to one day per month: PRICELESS
So, be prepared sellers in Palm Coast. The price of selling your home may just go up.