‘It's not a sign’: Cedar Grove looks to remove mural behind coffee shop

There is a dispute in Cedar Grove over artwork, as the town looks to remove a mural behind a coffee shop.

News 12 Staff

Oct 1, 2021, 10:28 AM

Updated 927 days ago

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There is a dispute in Cedar Grove over artwork, as the town looks to remove a mural behind a coffee shop.
The town wants the mural behind Cedar Beans Coffee Joint taken down.
The store owner, Dave Fletcher, contacted two local artists for the job. He says he got the OK from neighbors and the landlord first.
A few days later, he received a summons because of a town ordinance that bans signs from being painted on public walls.
Fletcher argued it isn't a sign -- it's art.
"There's no definition of a mural or artwork or anything in the town's laws,” says Fletcher. “That was why I felt a mural not intended to be in the view of a general public, directly behind a building, not in view of anyone who would enter or drive by the coffee shop, was permitted. It's not a sign. It's not intended to advertise anything and I don't use it as an advertising tool."
The town council is now looking to change the law's language to also prohibit art and murals.


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