Use of electronic signs is limited locally |

Use of electronic signs is limited locally

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DILLON – If Dillon’s landmark project moves forward with the LED electronic sign, it would be a relatively new concept in the county.Dillon’s code currently permits manual changeable signs, which can be seen at Skyline Cinema and at the entrance to Lake Dillon Drive, but the new sign would allow town personnel to program the sign’s display from the internet.The town of Frisco’s code prohibits readerboard or changeable copy signs, unless specifically approved by the planning commission. The town of Breckenridge prohibits moving signs, and signs with illuminations or lights that flash, scintillate, blink or flash, according to its sign code. Government is exempt from the rule in public safety or traffic control situations, said town spokesperson Kim DiLallo.Silverthorne’s town code allows signs with automatically or manually changeable copy only in its Interstate, Highway 9 and commercial districts. The changeable copy is limited to 25 percent of the sign, except for a theater, playhouse or other entertainment facility.Around the county, electric signs are typically used by banks to display time and temperature displays, or by gas stations. Though use is limited locally, electronic signs are sprouting up in other mountain towns, said Scott Dieck, manager of Daktronics, the company that would supply the sign to Dillon.He cited two signs in Aspen and one that used by the town of Vail at one of its interstate exit ramps, but that sign uses only the amber color. There are also other signs in Avon providing directions to Beaver Creek Ski Area, Dieck said.

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