MAybe he doesnt like being compared to our last esteemed pirate
From City of Nanaimo website: It is illegal to post any signage on City owned property without valid authorization. The Bylaw Officers will work proactively and remove signage when it is illegally posted. There are several minor exemptions from this requirement that primarily involve temporary election signage and sandwich board signs in the downtown core.
Definition of sandwich board signs : means non-illuminated signs having an "A" shape which is set upon the ground and has no external support structure.
Unfortunately, the pirate does not fit into the sandwich board sign definition. Guess a complaint was made and the mayors office saw fit to enforce the bylaw.
Personally, I find sandwich board signs downtown quite troublesome, especially when parking. Some of them stop the passengers door from opening and I have seen pedestrians trip over them, more then once.
The pirate isn't in the way like that because it's perched where the curb turns and is painted yellow.. no parking there anyways.
BUT if I am to stay true to form, a bylaw is a bylaw and they've got to play fair.
..my opinion here though, I kind of think it adds great character to the area, my visitors and other tourists often comment on it, pose for pictures with it... smile when they see it parked outside there. Shame. How am I going to give directions to my place now? Turn right at the pirate was so fun to say! =)
Sure, a bylaw's a bylaw, but I doubt they got a complaint here. To me, it reeks of a petty move by Korpan. An attempt at revenge because he's mad at her.
I've got another bumper sticker idea:
Edited to add: As for the fries, it's my theory that Korpan's so mad because he did like her fries, but after she displayed the sticker he couldn't rightly partake, and that's why he's taking it so personally.
Last edited by dirtnap; 09-20-2008 at 05:44 PM.
Reason: adding another thought
Angela should temporary move the Pirate, then apply to City Council for a variance (see page 21 on the link) to the bylaw (if it is a sign?), stating that the Pirate is a tourist attraction and (if it is out of the way) it is not creating any problems to pedestrian traffic.
Last edited by Smokey©; 09-20-2008 at 06:13 PM.
Angela told me about this as the Neighbors of Nob Hill got together and were installing play ground equipment. She said they also made her remove chairs and was running for council.
It would be intresting to find out if Angela would qaulify for a variance permit? I would assume she doesn't have a chance.
Why has the poor Pirate suddenly become so offensive? After four or more years?
Bylaws in Nanaimo seem to be discretionary. Like the busking bylaw that says all buskers in every calendar year have to audition.
Veneta Roberge told us that for all the other buskers exept for my partner Johnny and I , she walks along the waterfront listens to them play and that is their audition. Discretionary I think so!
Johnny and I had to do what the bylaw says. Even then there was no Parks and Rec person as the second on the so called panel.
No other buskers have had to do the audition as it is set out in the bylaw. Why not?
Again I have to say they pick and choose who to enforce these bylaws against and when.
I remember back 4 years ago when the bylaw office told us we could busk in front of any business wiith permission. When we told her we were invited by Angela it was a totally different story. This was before the sticker surfaced so maybe the fued has been going on for some time.
It seems that the Pirate out front of the shop, standing by it's self was permissible however at times, there has been a SIGN attached to the Pirate promoting " One Piece Fish and Chips $5.50 " and that is against the bylaws.