St. Mary's County Times January 11, 2018 - Page 4

4 The County Times Local News First Friday Happenings in Leonardtown Commissioners Mull Sign Ordinance Changes By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A focus group formed at the behest of the Commissioners of St. Mary’s Coun- ty to examine the county’s sign ordi- nance has recommended allowing busi- ness owners to keep temporary signs up until such time as they wish to take them down. This differs from the county’s current ordinance, which gives them five years to take down temporary signs. This is one among several recom- mendations the sign focus group (SFG) has offered to commissioners following requests from communications magnate Clear Channel that there be special con- sideration given to free standing signs, more commonly known as bill boards. The SFG also recommended that every commercial property in county growth areas, such as town centers and development districts, be allowed up to six free standing signs, among that num- ber would be temporary signs. Outside of growth areas, under the new proposals, all commercial proper- ties would be allowed three signs. This is a radical departure from the current rules which only allows com- mercial centers with six or more stores more than one free standing sign, and then only at the entrance to the center. Temporary signs are not allowed. Commissioner Todd Morgan seemed concerned that the new rules might be- come a recipe for sign proliferation. “So every business on Route 235 could have six flags along the side of the road?” Morgan said. The new sign amendments would also cap the area of a single sign to 64 square feet with the maximum area of all signs not to exceed 150 square feet; the cur- rent ordinance caps the signs at 64 square feet with a 20-foot height limit. Non-growth areas are restricted to just 32-square feet with a height of 16 feet. Just Listed ! Thursday, January 11, 2018 A “little bit” of snow did not deter the most dedicated First Friday fans on Jan- uary 5th! Temperatures may have been hovering in the single digits but those undaunted by the intimidating chill fac- tor made it out for a special evening of dining and dancing at local hot spots, knitting up a storm at the local yarn shop, and sipping hot cider at the North End Gallery as the new exhibit “Cold Winter Fun” opened. Local author Katie Brewster, accom- panied by her husband James Brewster (also an accomplished writer, of the Uncle Rocky, Fireman series fame), signed her trio of books at Fenwick Street Used Books & Music. The Port of Leonardtown Winery hosted local musician Josh Airhart, playing at the soon-to-be redesigned tasting room (check back soon at the winery to see the new and exciting renovations). It was also a full house at the Olde Town Pub with 14 craft beers and a variety of LIST P $189 RICE ,900 award-winning chicken wings for their guests to choose from. Another wintry winner was the steaming hot, home- made soup freshly prepared for the evening at Big Larry’s Eatery. Many other shops and restaurants stayed open late as well, offering warm smiles and genuine hospitality following the snow and bitter cold served up to Southern Maryland just the day before. The Leonardtown Business As- sociation (LBA) would like to thank everyone who attended and all of the merchants who participated, save the date to come join us February 2nd from 5 to 8 PM for our next special event. Make Leonardtown your “Spe- cial Place To Be” every First Friday! Submitted by the Leonardtown Business Association 47729 Devin Circle, Lexington Park, MD 20653 OWN FOR LESS THAN $1100 NO MONEY DOWN AREA! 3 BDRMS -## SPECTACULAR HOME FEELS LIKE BRAND NEW**! ## NEW KITCHEN,NEW STAINLESS APPLIANCES,NEW PAINT,NEW CARPET,NEW WOOD FLOORS,NEW BATHS,NEW HVAC*NEW GRANITE COUNTERTOPS!! CATHEDRAL MSTR CEILINGS,COZY DECK OFF OF MSTR SUITE! FULLY FENCED+PRIVATE BACKYARD!! COULD WALK TO PAX RIVER BASE,SHOPPING,PARKS!! *** OWN FOR LESS THAN RENTING...LESS THAN $1100 MONTH !! **THIS HOME IS ELIGIBLE FOR NO $$ DOWN !!** Steve Atkocius Broker/Realtor Purple Post Real Estate 301-399-3089 I HAVE SOLD MANY HOMES IN YOUR AREA RECENTLY AND IN THE LAST 20 Years! L I S T I N G P R I Kelly at the BTB Coffee Bar & Speakeasy.