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Banners require permits and $30 according to code enforcement

A banner is posted in front of Richard Thomas’ business on Dawson Road Tuesday. The banner has received negative attention from those who say it is a threat to President Obama.

A banner is posted in front of Richard Thomas’ business on Dawson Road Tuesday. The banner has received negative attention from those who say it is a threat to President Obama.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Despite an Albany businessman's claims that he erected banners at his business location to encourage citizens to vote in November, the Albany-Dougherty Code Enforcement office says he must pay for the privilege.

Richard Thomas, president of Corporate & Estate Analysts at 1930 Dawson Road, hung banners with pictures of two heavily armed Navy SEALs standing next to the phrase "The seals removed one threat to America, remove the other in November."

"We don't care about the content of the banners," Chief Code Enforcement Officer Robert Carter said Wednesday. "The ordinance says that banners need a permit."

It will cost Thomas $30 each to keep his banners up, Carter said. Solid wood or plastic signs do not require the permit, but banners do.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 11 months ago

O NO Richard you failed to bow at the alter of Judy Bowles. ONLY POLITICIANS WHO BOW TO Judy can clutter Albany with their political signs and banners. Working citizens are NOT pemitted to speak unless you bow to the "Leadership" of Albany. You sir must be punished because you have dared to speak out against Albany’s Politics in the past and NOW how dare you speak up as a TAX paying citizen.

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iko 1 year, 10 months ago

Hopefully "Toilet" Bowles will get hit by a bus. I plan to "christen" her headstone personally when Albany is finally rid of her.

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mr_nobody 1 year, 11 months ago

And FYI, a permit for a banner/sign is only good for two weeks. Then, it's another $30. Thank you, Albany.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 11 months ago

You are correct. That was done to prevent Businesses from trying to grow in Albany. It is a big part of the ANTI-Business attitude of the Great Leadership of Albany. The Leadership of Albany does not want a strong business community they only want to tax, tax, tax and over regulate businesses.

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USTPC 1 year, 11 months ago

With Obama in office we have an anti-business attitude across the entire country.

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reb_arty1863 1 year, 11 months ago

I will be mailing a check for 30.00 to Mr. Thomas

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southwestga 1 year, 11 months ago

Woulda hoped that a corporate analyst would have bothered to figure out the law. Especially before threatening the Commander in Chief with murder.

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USTPC 1 year, 11 months ago

Your delusional. Nothing about that sign threatens Obama. "Remove the other in November"....you know, the month that the elections are held?

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redneckgourmet 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm sure you were real upset about the book that was written (and turned into a movie) that actually told the story of assassinating George Bush. Go back to sleep. We will wake you on November 7 so you can go to the polls and vote for the candidate of your choice.

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tywebb 1 year, 11 months ago

you are STOOPID!!!! That's like saying obumma is going to murder the troops in afghanistan because he says they will be removed by 2014.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 11 months ago

There is nothing threatening about the banners. You misunderstood the message. I support you Richard!!

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tywebb 1 year, 11 months ago

that was nice and civil. wish i could do that, but the stupidity drives me nuts!

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BettyBowTie 1 year, 11 months ago

"Solid wood or plastic signs do not require the permit, but banners do." This makes no sense at all. Albany is too messed up to save.

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ilovealbany 1 year, 11 months ago

It was all about the content! If this would have been pro-obama, nothing would have ever been made of it. I hope that code enforcement gets off their a$$ and goes and gives everyone flying a banner in town a fine, because I would venture to say nobody has paid their $30 fee. I've seen banners everywhere...the new olive garden, cell phone stores, you name it! Here's an idea Mr. Thomas...laminate it to a couple of sheets of plywood and put it on some 4x4 posts!

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 11 months ago

"Albany's sign ordinance helps draw businesses to the area and makes them feel welcome once they are here." Said no one in the history of mankind...

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ittybittyme 1 year, 11 months ago

All this regulation of business signs is not fairly applied. I have watched code enforcement in action one business can do whatever the owner wants with signage, while down the street or block, code enforcement shows up multiple times regarding signage and the ordinance constantly changes for another business owner. As for the sign on Dawson Road, if the owner pays the fee he has paid for his right to display his nonthreatening political opinion...and apparently, the owner of the sign does not like the politicians presently in office...voicing displeasure is not a threat, get over it.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 11 months ago

What about the yard sale signs????? You had that on TV once and fined a person $400 but that was it. They are also back in full force. This man has big bucks, and can fight you in court. You allow all these other signs and do nothing, now you are attacking him. Hope you have the money to fight it in court.

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RealityTime 1 year, 11 months ago

You cannot limit and/or regulate political speech that is on private property. Any attempts to charge $30 biweekly should be ignored. Any attempts to remove political speech on private property by the city will result in a lawsuit that the city will lose. The city needs to talk to its attorney before they even begin to think about limiting a person's political speech on private property.

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Thurman 1 year, 11 months ago

Banners require a permit but solid wood signage does not? What the heck here in Albany! As far as Ms.Bowles--when the circus comes to town, and this was recently, they put pieces of heavy paper with red arrows to direct the circus trucks to their location on many poles/post entering Albany and they leave them there for the weather to take care of them. When Ms. Bowles was asked if these were in violation of any signage ordinance she replied "Considering the revenue this circus brings into Albany I think it really does not hurt to allow them to post these signs (arrows) to direct their equipment". This is clearly a sign (pardon the pun) that money dictates how the laws are interpreted. OH--IF you were to travel from Hwy 300 onto Clark Ave. you can follow the signs (arrows) all the way to the greenspace on the west end of the mall even today from the recent circus venue. And probably six months from now also.

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waltspecht 1 year, 11 months ago

There is a book out there somewhere that tells everything the Cities in Georgia are doing to raise revenue. All you have to do is pass the appropriate ordanance in your City to reep the same windfall. Happened with Darton and Albany Tech when they found out how much ASU makes in parking fines.

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bubbavet 1 year, 11 months ago

As Mr. T would say " I pitty the fool" would stay in Albany by choice.

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mr_nobody 1 year, 11 months ago

Isn't this the same code enforcement office that gave Mr. Gieryic a hard time about an American flag pole? I think so.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 11 months ago

I think that officer was a woman.

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straightface 1 year, 11 months ago

What does it matter if the officer was male or female, they were doing there job.

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iko 1 year, 10 months ago

This is simply proof that if you pass an idiotic law, an idiot will be found to enforce it. Also, English must be your second language. Proper grammar would use the word "their," not "there."

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straightface 1 year, 11 months ago

People call and complain...then officers go out and investigate the issue..then they get talked about.. how about if the citizens just follow the law and do whats right.

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tywebb 1 year, 11 months ago

did YOU know it was against the law to put that sign up? I, along with many, many others, would not have even thought about having to pay $$ to put up a sign in my own yard! Do the stores that have people standing roadside twirling their signs have to pay for that? I think that's a helluva lot more dangerous (for drivers and the sign twirler) than a flag or banner or whatever.

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jglass 1 year, 11 months ago

No this is not the same code enforcement agent that gave Gieryic the citation for the flag flying in the right of way!

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doingwhatisright 1 year, 10 months ago

I want to donate money to keep the signs up. Freedom, freedom, freedom of speech!

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badheavychevy 1 year, 9 months ago

Remove this crappy sign now!!!!!

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