The owners of Flip’s Bar-B-Que House on Oleander Drive have until Sept. 30, 2012, to come into compliance with the Wilmington’s sign standards, according to city spokeswoman Malissa Talbert. The restaurant was part of the 1998 annexation area. Businesses were notified in 2005 that their signs were out of compliance with the city standards, which means they were either too big, too close to the road or both, Talbert said.
“City standards are more in keeping with urban areas that have more traffic and more people than more rural areas of the county,” she said.
In 2011 the owners signed a compliance agreement with the city, granting them an extension until September 2012.
Flip’s opened on Wrightsville Avenue in 1950 and moved to Oleander Drive in 1957. Before the sign advertised Flip’s current location, an earlier incarnation of the same sign stood outside the Mil-Jo, a drive-in restaurant on Oleander Drive that was popular in the 1950s and 1960s.
Date posted: March 7, 2012
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