Arnold * Severna Park * Crownsville


September 15, 1993

Liquor store can keep paper signs

The county Board of Appeals has approved a zoning variance to allow an Arnold liquor store to keep the paper signs that are plastered on the outside of the building.

The 4-3 vote appears in the minutes of the Board's Aug. 25 meeting. The board has 60 days in which to issue a written decision, and board members can change their votes until they sign the written agreement.

Kim Lawson, one of the owners of Fishpaw's, had asked the board to reverse a county decision made in the summer of 1992 that the red and white, hand-lettered advertisements are illegal.

The Greater Severna Park Council had argued that the signs violate zoning codes adopted in 1952.

Ms. Lawson claimed Fishpaw's should be allowed to post the signs because they were the store's method of advertising before the law went into effect.

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