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Sign of the times: Parking signs spur Isle of Palms protest

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. — The Isle of Palms begins a new beach parking program next month but some residents think the 400 new signs to let the public know where they can park are far too many.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that more than 200 names are on petitions asking town leaders to take down some of the signs.

Councilman Jimmy Carroll says 400 signs amount to sign pollution on the barrier island northeast of Charleston. Mayor Dick Cronin says signs are needed on every block if the plan is going to work.

During beach season visitors must park on streets near the ocean while blocks in the middle of the island are reserved for residents.

Town Council approved spending about $60,000 on the signs.

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