The owner of a gift shop in Greenwich has until Tuesday to remove the display of artificial flowers she built for her store last week, as city officials say she broke planning rules and zoning against “catchy devices”.
“We got a call from someone saying there was a clear violation of our policies. Someone had to know,” the store owner said.
Abigail Fox of Abigail Fox Designs says the silk hydrangeas were meant to help attract customers after two slow years of COVID-19. Greenwich Planning and Zoning says it’s in violation of the city’s rule against so-called eye-catching devices.
Customers News 12 spoke to said they would miss the hydrangeas when they left.
A petition to allow Fox to leave the flowers while she seeks planning and zoning approval has already garnered more than 1,600 signatures. City officials are still saying, like it or not, that the posting breaks the rules.
“If everyone starts setting up their eye-catching device as they see fit, obviously we’d have a very different city, and a city that we’ve decided on as a collective that we don’t want,” said city planner Katie. DeLuca.
DeLuca says Greenwich is looking to update its signage and lighting rules this year, with input from the public.
“We’ve hired a consultant and they’re looking to update our regulations. It’s something that the community as a whole has said is important to them,” she said.
But residents say there’s nothing wrong with Fox’s eye-catching display.
“There’s nothing wrong with beautifying this street, making people smile, making them happy. I think it’s petty and ridiculous,” resident Emma Ward said.
Officials say any resident can submit an application to change planning and zoning rules.