Georgia City Weighs Decoration Rules

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga., Nov. 3 (UPI) — Officials in a Georgia town are discussing possible holiday decoration regulations after a store was ordered to take down a 12-foot Frankenstein monster.

Bob Brown and Kevin Foley said their store, Red Baron’s Antiques shop in Sandy Springs, received a citation Oct. 20 ordering them to take down the 12-foot inflatable monster they had placed on their roof within five days because it violated city codes, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday.

The incident led the City Council to begin discussing new rules for holiday decorations at local businesses. Current rules allow for decorations to be up three weeks before and one week following a holiday provided other codes are followed.

“I can live with a string of lights for even more than 30 days, but 30 days of those horrible blowups is a long time,” Mayor Eva Galambos said.

Most City Council members said they agree with the need for regulations on holiday displays, but further discussion is required to ensure there are no legal challenges or accusations of overstepping.

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