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Poquoson Planning Commission considers electronic signs for public schools and government
Poquoson's Planning Commission is considering amending its sign ordinance to allow electronic message signs to be used by the City of Poquoson and Poquoson City Public Schools. Subdivisions, neighborhoods or communities would not be allowed to have electronic signs nor would churches or businesses.
The electronic signs the city is considering would only display static messages. They would not have animation or video, according to a Poquoson City Council work session document.
"You will notice on Mercury Boulevard particularly in Hampton there are a lot of these signs that flash, dissolve and simulate movement in all types of ways and they are quite distracting," said City Planner Kevin Wyne.
Wyne said the idea to amend the city's sign ordinance came from a Poquoson school that wanted to have an electronic sign instead of a plastic, changeable marquee sign. Poquoson Middle School PTO President Jennifer Mosteller told the Daily Press in September that they were considering putting their fundraising money toward an electronic sign for the middle school but that the city had a ban on electronic signs. The current sign is plastic and doesn't work anymore, she said. They have to tape letters onto the sign instead of slide them on. She said the group hadn't purchased a sign yet because they were waiting to see if the City Council would be considering electronic message signs.
Poquoson planners provided the City Council with a four options: allowing schools and local government to have electronic signs, allow everyone to have them in a "regulated fashion," not allow any electronic signs at all or to use the "Hampton method," which has a "free for all," Wyne said.
The City Council was in favor of allowing schools and local government to have electronic signs first and maybe allowing businesses to have them "down the road," Wyne said.
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Tuesday - October 21, 2014
Saturday - October 18, 2014
Seafood festival organizer has deep Poquoson roots
Deborah Mahanes has 14 years of experience organizing Poquoson's most celebrated event of the year — the Poquoson Seafood Festival — and the only situation that stresses her out is bad weather.
"This event either goes or doesn't," Mahanes said. "There is no rescheduling because of the expense."
The three-day festival this weekend — weather forecast: cool but sunny — honors working watermen of the Chesapeake Bay and the coastal heritage of Poquoson. The city of roughly 12,000 residents will do its best to accommodate the 50,000 people who flock to the three-day festival rain or shine.
It's important for the vendors to get a chance to sell their food or arts and crafts no matter how bad the weather is because they pay hundreds of dollars for their booths, she said. Food vendors pay about $1,400 and non-food vendors about $400.
Mahanes, 48, is a seventh-generation Poquoson resident and has been attending the festival since she was a teenager.
As a teen Mahanes wasn't so impressed with the seafood festival and is happy that they have younger performers this year.
The festival is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Poquoson Municipal Park at 830 Poquoson Ave. For more information visit: http://www.poquosonseafoodfestival.com.
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Friday - October 16, 2014
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The Poquoson Museum, a volunteer operated community museum, needs your help! We need volunteers to help with our Campfires and Home Fires program, the Haunts of Poquoson program, as well as individuals who can spare a few hours a month to help man the museum as docents during the weekends.
If you have a few hours to spare, please visit the museum website
for more info.