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Lakeland wants to ban sign wavers

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They twirl, spin and fling along the road under the hot Florida sun. They are entertainers of a sort, and in Lakeland, they soon may be out of a job.

Lakeland city commissioners are considering a ban on sign spinners. The motivation is simple, according to Lakeland city spokesman Kevin Cook.

"Aesthetics and distraction. It's a safety factor," he said.

The issue came up after the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce took a survey of its members. More than 50 percent say the sign spinners should go.

That's not good news for companies like Liberty Tax Service that don't have big advertising budgets, and use sign spinners to attract attention and customers. 

Liberty Tax Service co-owner Mike Morell questions the logic of getting rid of them.

"It doesn't make sense to do something that would cut jobs in an economy where there are people everywhere you look, looking for jobs."

Commissioners will hold a public hearing in the next few weeks.

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