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Milton to install new signs to direct traffic

The city of Milton will install new signs to direct traffic to popular areas like Carpenters Park and the city library.

The city says the signs were bought two to three years ago and have been directing the city since.  The Florida Department of Transportation did not permit the signs when they were first installed.

The sign's did not meet state regulation, so the city had to decide to move the signs or make the changes to comply with the state.  Now the city has decided to move the signs where they can control what the sign looks like.

We asked some Milton residents what they thought about the signs.

Sharon Roher said "They are helpful to the tourist or someone who comes in to visit a family that doesn't know where it's at and the family says well meet me at Carpenter's Park.  I can show you how to get to my house for instance. If they don't know where Carpenter's Park is and there is no sign. How are they supposed to find it?"

Ronald Brenner complained he "can't even have yard sale signs up; the city pulls them up. Why should there be a Carpenter's Park sign up? I mean, if they are going to have a Carpenter's Park sign, it should be next to Carpenter's Park where people can see it."

Milton city manager, Brian Watkins says they will move the signs to city and county roads.  "In this case we had to go back and order some new signs. Reword them, order some new ones, get them back in and probably, in the next couple months put them back up."

The Federal Highway Administration says on State Roads when the speed limit is over 25 mph, capitol letters must be 6 inches in height, while lowercase letters must be 4 1/2 inches in height.  This sign's letters are almost 2 1/2 inches, which is not permitted by the state.  The city says these changes will cost between $500 to $1,000.