ISLAMORADA -- The Village Council last week directed the Islamorada planning staff to begin work on an ordinance to legalize A-frame signs.

Islamorada businesses have long displayed A-frames, also known as sandwich board signs, with little fear of facing code enforcement action. But under the proposed ordinance, the signs would become regulated and legitimate.

A permit fee of $50 is proposed, with businesses to be limited to one sign.

The proposed regulation, tentatively agreed upon by the council during a June 5 workshop, largely follows along with a May 8 recommendation put forth by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.

The council also agreed with chamber calls to legalize, but regulate, the outdoor display of merchandise and to prohibit sail banners and human sign holders, Planning Director Cheryl Cioffari said.