Crist signs coming down

The campaign ads generated controversy because they violated codes in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 27, 2006

Three big signs on office buildings in Tampa and St. Petersburg, promoting Charlie Crist as "the people's governor," are coming down.

Spokesman Jeff Sadosky of the Republican Party of Florida, which is paying for the signs, confirmed that Crist's campaign asked that the controversial signs be removed.

"It's still our contention that as temporary signs, they comply with the code," Sadosky said. "But we will comply with the request."

Tampa city officials complained that the signs violated local codes because of their size, but Crist and the state GOP had refused to take them down, saying they were only temporary.

Crist's spokeswoman, Vivian Myrtetus, added: "In an abundance of caution, we have asked the Republican party of Florida to take the temporary signs down."