Signs no where a Sign
Unfortunately for TETAS Corporation which owned the property
in 2001, Bloomington had adopted "Scenic/Gateway Sign"
regulations. You see, the owners of the Ramada had simply desired
to reface the existing Comfort Inn signs--well according to
Bloomington's oppressive, onerous, and tyrannical sign zoning,
what the Ramada planned to do was illegal.
laws are passed by localities with nothing better to do than
to suppress and obstruct legitimate business concerns which
rely on making themselves easily seen by passing motorists.
Even though the zoning commission found "no injury to the
public health, safety, or morals" with the Ramada's signs,
it denied a variance request and insisted that the Ramada's
existing 90 square foot sign be removed within ten days or the
owners would be fined. The commission further recommended that
the Ramada should erect at additional expense a nearly invisible
single seven foot tall ground sign after it had paid for an
impact study and permit for said sign. This type of ordinance
and those that mandate look-a-like buildings serve to silence
not just the visual delight of the roadside, but also serve
to extinguish the creative entrepreneurial American Spirit.