Lewis says existing laws state that temporary signs can only be up for 30 days at a time. He said this restriction has not been strictly enforced in the past.
At the January 14 meeting, the Orange city council approved new laws that say store owners must wait 30 more days before they can put the signs back up, and that they can only do so 3 times a year.
"We want to improve the visual appearance of our business district," Lewis told 12News Wednesday.
Another law passed bans portable signs with removable letters (usually black letters on a white board). Lewis says the portable signs already in place by January 14 will be allowed to stay.
Lewis says he plans to send out letters to businesses informing them of the new laws. He says if a business doesn't adhere to the new laws they will be given a warning, and if that doesn't work, they may have to be taken to municipal court.