LABELLE, FL. -- Walmart Stores, Inc. will ask the City of LaBelle's Variance Board next week to install signs of greater area than allowed by the Land Development Code.
Walmart wants to install seven large signs on the new "Supercenter" retail and grocery store building being constructed west of LaBelle totaling 676 square feet. The development code allows 200 square feet for buildings of more than 100,000 square feet in area. Walmart's building is 156,000 square feet.
Walmart says not granting the sign variance would "result in an unnecessary hardship as the signs at the requested size are needed to properly promote the Walmart." They add they expect a "loss of revenue" is the larger signs are not allowed.
Additional signs they say will advertise gasoline prices at the fuel station.
Community members can comment at the public hearing at 6 p.m. February 4 at LaBelle City Hall.