Cut-out Sign Featuring David Hasselhoff Yanked

The outdoor sign, featuring Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, is a violation of the town's zoning regulations on signs, according to a report in the Fairfield Citizen.

A cut-out sign promoting an iced beverage outside the store at the corner of Post and Beach roads has reportedly been yanked after the store was informed it was a violation of local zoning laws.

According to a report in the Fairfield Citizen, the store took down the sign, featuring Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, after learning it was illegal.

"They can put promotional signs in their windows, but if it's outside, it's a sign that falls under our regulations," Assistant Planning Director James Wendt told the Citizen.

According to the report, there is an increasing number of illegal signs popping up around town — however Wendt said the P&Z department lacks the staff to carry out continuous enforcement of sign regulations.

For more check out the Fairfield Citizen report.

[Note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the Town Planning & Zoning Department did not ask the store to remove the sign.]

John Jameson July 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Try reading the story again. It says the sign was gone after Cumby's was called, doesn't say the sign was "yanked" by the town.
Pi July 28, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I don't think the headline was attempting to be literal.
John Jameson July 28, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I was referring to the fact that no where in the original story does it say the sign was taken down by the town. In fact, it seems like it was Cumberland Farms that took it down.
Pi July 28, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Yes. I am aware of what you're saying. I'm saying you are taking the headline too literally. They're not saying the town physically removed the sign. What most likely happened is that a Town Planning and Zoning officer sent Cumberland Farms an order to comply with the town's laws regarding signage. It wasn't Cumberland Farm's choice to remove the sign, it was an order to comply. That's what the author is saying. Not that the town showed up and removed the sign for them.
John Jameson July 28, 2012 at 11:03 PM
No, I'm not taking it too literally; I don't think the town did anything, I think the sign came down at the company's direction after the reporter called Cumberland Farms.
Pi July 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Oh! I see what you're saying. You believe the logical assumption is that The Patch and The Citizen call up corporate offices and inform them of town law violations? For what purpose? To drum up stories on slow news days? I'm telling you what happened because I know it happens a lot. The town sees a violation and they send out a certified letter. The business owner is usually unaware that they have broken a rule and they rectify the problem quickly. For whatever reason this violation made it to the papers. Maybe a reporter overheard it at town hall? Maybe they overheard it at Cumbies? Or maybe Cumberland Farms contacted the local papers. Who knows.
John Jameson July 29, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Actually, I'm not assuming the Patch did anything--they've just linked to a story on another news site. The original story indicates that the reporter called Cumberland Farms, CF said they didn't know it was a violation, and the next day it was gone. Seems more logical to me, since no where in the story does it say that CF received a notice of any violation.
Jim Eastwood July 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Good Morning All Issue ?? We worry about signs and we have the "Mc Mansion" epidemic taking place in Fairfield. How about the Chatham road issue, Merritt street or better yet the "castle" on South Benson Road ???? TP & Z get a grip !!! Signs are REALLY NOT the Issue !!!! Have a Great Day and Pay and Pay !!!
Fairfield Parent July 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Good point Jim. I think the sign is trivial. I use Cumberland Farms for gas - that sign never bothered me - but I noticed finally it was the best deal in town for iced coffee. I was curious what actually was the violation that required the sign to come down - Hasselhoff (I am joking here). My takeaway is that cut out signs are a violation? Anyway, we have had a McMansion issue since 1997 when the homes along North Benson 1st popped up and then on MillPlain - the cluster and along Duck Farm area....seriously when is TP&Z going to stop this nonsense. I have lived here 20 years, and this town's character was destroyed b/c of our TP&Z not having a grip as Jim indicated. Why do these ridiculous "home" projects get approved. I am for construction and home improvements - but the McMansion projects - especially the UGLY castle by South Benson must not be allowed. That project should be stopped asap. How did that get approved?! Disgusted.
Sara Jones July 29, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Sara Jones July 29, 2012 at 03:03 PM
tonypct July 29, 2012 at 03:08 PM
What?!?!? The Hoff is gone? Oh no!! ;-)
Whitesnake July 29, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Some people need to get a life.
John Jameson July 29, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I agree, that house at the corner of South Benson is horrific. Bu, I don't believe there are any zoning regulations which give the TPZ the power to control what a single-family house looks like. Of course, one could argue that the town needs that -- especially when you drive the neighborhoods in the beach area and see the small capes that are knocked down to give way to three-story monstrosities with every architectural gimmick known to man. The flipside of that, however, is having the TPZ telling you whether you can have a bow window or sliding glass doors, or a balcony, on your own home.
Jason Silver July 29, 2012 at 05:23 PM
If you know and/or pay the right people, you can get anything approved.
brian kelly July 29, 2012 at 07:33 PM
this town is just covered with millions of those ugly little signs! in parks, beaches and on the side of every road, that advertises everything from a to z that no one ever takes down. i saw a sign in the bushes covered in mud that red vote for nixon...what happened to fairfield?
Fairfield Resident July 30, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I agree Brian! The proliferation of those signs all over town is disgusting! The organizations that put up the signs should be fined $50. PER sign that is left out on display a week AFTER the event has been held. That would give the organization plenty of time to go around and pick up their visual clutter. What worse is now there are signs all over that just are for advertising. "Join Blah...Blah...Gym!!", "Join the Fairfield Giants!!", etc....etc... I am not sure if it is even legal for those advertising signs to be put out all over town like they are. Does anyone know?


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