KEARNY — The threat of a $1,000-a-day fine over a professionally made banner announcing the arrival of a longtime local businesswoman’s granddaughter has now prompted city officials to change local regulations.
Bernadette Antonelli previously said in a letter to the editor of The Observer that the notice she received from the local building authority after hanging an ‘It’s a Girl’ banner outside her shop was “the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard.” ever in my 36 years as a business and property owner.”
Antonelli has owned and operated Arlington Tax and Bookkeeping Service in Kearny since 1985.
After hanging the banner in late August following the birth of her grandchild, she was told the banner violated the “Town of Kearny Land Use Regulations,” according to Antonelli’s November letter to The Observer.
“My property is immaculate and in pristine condition — and all this city is worried about is that I didn’t pay a permit fee to hang a birth announcement banner. I hope someone in town addresses this in relation to the absurdity of what has happened to us,” Antonelli said in her letter to The Observer.
Kearny City Council recently introduced a zone code change so that “a temporary banner may be temporarily displayed in the business district to mark a grand opening, sale, business anniversary or other celebratory milestone for a maximum period of 30 days.” to advertise within a nine-month period.”
“The banner is limited to a size of no more than 15 square feet. No permit is required for such a temporary banner,” Kearny Councilwoman Susan McCurrie said at the reading of the proposed amended Signs and Awnings Section ordinance. 49 minutes after the start of the January 11 session.
“Glad to see that Kearny City Council took the same ridiculous view of this banner issue as did the rest of the businesses and residents. Thank you for your support,” Antonelli said on her Facebook page on Sunday.
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