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Bluffton Cracks Down on Campaign Signs

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BLUFFTON, S.C. -

In the lowcountry -- candidates for Bluffton Town Council will have be careful when campaigning this election season.

Larry Toomer runs the Bluffton Shrimp Company, he's also one of seven candidates running for Bluffton Town Council-- something he feels strongly about.

"It's a way for me to just give back to the town, and have a little say so in the future, with all of the development and everything going on, and you know you don't stop progress,and I don't want to in anyway, its good for the town, but we want to maintain some of what makes Bluffton special for our children, grandchildren, and all the new people," said Toomer.

His campaign just got a little tougher since town officials are cracking down on campaign signs, only allowing them on private property and three public locations, town manager Anthony Barrett says this is a preemptive strike.

"We knew there were going to be signs, a proliferation of signs but we wanted to give the candidates the opportunity to exercise their first amendment rights, in terms of free speech. So I tried to design a place where signs could be placed and we would not pick them up," said Barrett.

Those places where signs are allowed? the four-way stop in downtown, the intersection of May River road and Buckwalter, and Buckwalter place, all property owned by the town.

"There are 7 candidates, whether all of them will put up signs I don't know, but we are going to allow the public to see the signs, but at the same time, not have them all over everywhere."

Toomer says he just wishes he would have gotten the memo sooner.

"It makes it kind of tough. I should have read it before I ordered all my signs, I wouldn't have had to order as many, but we'll get through if that's the law and their rule."

The election for town council will be held on November 5th,

Stay tuned to WSAV on air and online for the latest election updates.

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