Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00Take a walk, or a drive, through the Great Neck peninsula on a weekend and you will be overwhelmed by the number of real estate signs placed all over the streets, signs that ruin the beauty of our community and pose a real danger when they are placed all over the sidewalks, often in curb cuts where one is supposed to cross the street. And besides all this, a little research has shown that many such signs are not legal; not legal in and of themselves, and certainly not within any code when they pose a danger.
I know that some villages will take down these signs, but what code enforcement officer is on duty on a Saturday or Sunday? I am also aware that a village might call the owner of such signs and ask them to stop. But it sure doesn’t seem that anyone is listening!
I ask real estate agents to please check first and see if the signs they want are within the code of that village or the town. And, if signs are permitted, please, please place them where they will not impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
And I implore all village mayors and trustees, and all town officials, to please, please enforce your laws. If you do not have a law that governs these temporary “for sale” signs, please get one on the books ASAP. My advice is to make them all illegal.
And if you still aren’t convinced, here’s a little scenario I witnessed not that long ago. An elderly couple were walking along Middle Neck Road, attempting to cross the street (which shouldn’t be an issue for anyone), but in order to cross they had to either walk around a “for sale” sign or push it aside. They chose to walk around the sign, the woman caught her coat on the sign and tripped. No, she wasn’t seriously injured, but there is no reason why the sign should have been there.
From what we hear, despite this depressed economy, houses are still selling quite nicely in Great Neck. And that’s lovely. We heartily encourage and support all businesses in the Great Neck community and sincerely hope that they prosper and thrive. Dangerous, illegal signs, however, are not necessary and should be forced out immediately!
Let’s all work to keep Great Neck beautiful and safe in every way!
- Wendy Karpel Kreitzman