Abigail Fox Designs shop owner in Greenwich forced to take down 'eye-catching' window display
The owner of a Greenwich gift shop has until Tuesday to remove the artificial flower display she had built for her store last week as town officials say she is in violation of Planning and Zoning's rules against "eye-catching devices."
"We got a call from somebody saying that there was an obvious violation of our regulation. Someone must have been in the know," said the shop owner.
Abigail Fox of Abigail Fox Designs says the silk hydrangeas were meant to help draw customers after two slow years of COVID-19. Greenwich Planning and Zoning says it's in violation of the town's rule against so called eye-catching devices.
Customers News 12 spoke with said they will miss the hydrangeas when they are gone.
A petition to allow Fox to leave the flowers up while she applies for Planning and Zoning approval has already gotten over 1,600 signatures. Town officials still say, like it or not, the display is in violation of the rules.
"If everyone just starts putting up their eye-catching device as they see fit, obviously we'd have a very different looking town, and one that we've decided as a collective that we don't want," said Town Planner Katie DeLuca.
DeLuca says Greenwich is looking to update its signage and lighting rules this year, with public input.
"We've hired a consultant and they are looking to update our regulations. This is something that the community at large has said was important to them," she said.
But residents say there is nothing wrong with Fox's eye-catching display.
"There's nothing wrong about beautifying this street, making people smile, making them feel happy. I think it's petty and ridiculous," resident Emma Ward said.
Officials say any resident can submit an application for an amendment to the Planning and Zoning rules.