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What is the city’s problem with the sign at Flip’s Barb-B-Que House?

Shelby Sebens
Flip's sign

The sign in front of Flip’s Bar-B-Que House on Oleander Drive. (StarNews file photo)

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.

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6 Responses to “ What is the city’s problem with the sign at Flip’s Barb-B-Que House?”

  1. On March 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm peggy wrote:

    its old looking .that sign is part of wilmington history.these people need to care more about keeping the sign.

  2. On March 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm abraham wrote:

    they should call the historic preservation committee. They will save anything that is over 10 years old.

  3. On March 7, 2012 at 11:51 pm Willard Killough wrote:

    What’s the problem? The sign is old fashioned. Doesn’t look like it’s run down or in need of repair. There should be an allowance in the city code for historic signs or to allow non-conforming signs to exist until certain circumstances come into play. They got there first and should be allowed to remain as long as the sign is maintained.

  4. On March 8, 2012 at 11:48 am debbie johnson wrote:

    In 1968, I moved to the Seagate area. Just 3 blocks from Flip’s. In late 1972 to September 1974, I had the pleasure to work for Flip. That sign is part of the Seagate history. Tearing down that sign would be like when Bradley Creek School burned down. It’s a part of history and when you lose history you lose what you stand for. I believe Flip would fight for the sign to stay if he were still here with us.

  5. On March 9, 2012 at 2:00 am Tracie wrote:

    If the city is wanting them to comply with those orders then why not deduct the cost of moving the sign, making the sign smaller or both off of their taxes until the amount spent on the sign is matched. If the city is not going to then leave the business alone because that brings in their money if you don’t want it to come out of your pay check. Fair is fair.

  6. On March 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm Bo emanuel wrote:

    We want baseball not BarBQue. What do you expect in the New North.

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