A month after Macclenny city commissioners unanimously approved a proposed ban on the use of people carrying advertising signs, they reversed themselves this week and said such advertising should be permitted.
The reversal came during a city commission meeting the evening of August 14 when about a dozen people attended the meeting presumably to object to the proposed ban. They all left immediately after commissioners said they had changed their minds.
Commissioners agreed that in today’s harsh economic climate businesses need all the help they can get to attract customers. If that takes hiring someone to walk on the sidewalk carrying a sign advertising a particular business, then so be it.
Leading off was Commissioner Tommy Johns, who said he had read an article in The Baker County Press last month in which a Baker County High School student who carries a sign for a business downtown was quoted as saying she needed the job and had found it difficult finding one at her age.
“I was impressed,” Commissioner Johns said. “The young lady said she wanted to work and she could not find a job (until she was hired as a sign bearer for Pawnderosa).”