Philadelphia wants to strengthen the penalty for posting illegal signs.
“Bandit signs,” the illegal postings for everything from nightclubs to junk car-removal companies, are a visual scourge, said St. Martin Torrence of the Philadelphia Streets Department.
“The department of streets recommends the citizens not patronize any businesses that use bandit-sign advertising, and that citizens should promptly remove any signs that are located on utility poles or trees outside their residences or business,” he said.
Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez said it’s a big problem in her district.
“I have a few nightclubs, and the signs are popping up all over the place,” she said.
City Council is considering a bill hiking the maximum fine from $75 to $2,000 per sign.