Question for Retailers and Restaurateurs

To the Editor:

We recently received a message from Lee Krohn asking us to stop hanging our "Open" flag from the front porch of the Fresh Market. Apparently flags (signs) of this type are not permitted in the retail zones of the Manchester.

I responded to his request by telling him that everywhere you go in town, businesses are using them. He told me that he has to ask all the "offenders" to take them down.

That night I went to a Planning Commission meeting, waited the whole thing out to the bitter end, and asked the commission in "other business" to reconsider the regulations regarding open flags as they are actually a convenience for the public and an important messaging device for the businesses here that use them.

There was some support there for a change. They informed me that if there is interest on the part of others to seek a change, the town can consider it.

We are all busy, but if you would like to be able to continue using an "Open" flag of some type, please email me at to tell me that you want a change in the regs. I'll forward your messages to Lee for further consideration by the appropriate parties.

If I get enough interest from all of you, I'll try to carry the ball for a bit to hopefully make a change that works for all of us.

Steve Burzon Manchester


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