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Lincoln City: Medical and Retail Marijuana outlets can operate out of the same building – No 1,000 foot separation if owned by same person or company.

Marijuana sales - both medical and retail

Marijuana sales – both medical and retail.  The Oregonian photo

Marijuana outlet spacing

Reflecting the changing mood of Oregon lawmakers and OLCC and Oregon Health Authority regulators on where marijuana outlets can locate in a community, the Lincoln City City Council rewrote their local marijuana ordinances Monday evening relating to both medical and retail marijuana.  The thousand foot spacing between a medical marijuana outlet and a retail outlet remains, unless one owner owns both.  Then both can be co-located in the same building.  City Councilor Dick Anderson was the lone “no” vote on the ordinance saying that the free market should be allowed to remain free without artificial limits on where such a store should locate within stated commercially zoned areas.

Content changing sign in Lincoln City Google Maps image

Content changing sign in Lincoln City
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Flashing Electronic Business Signs

The city council Monday night decided to continue to not to allow electronic business signs to change content any more often than once an hour.  The council action rules out signs that contain digital clocks because they change, of course, every minute.   Same for temperature signs.  Again the argument prevailed that cities and towns already have too many distractions that takes drivers’ eyes off the road.  And it was said that overly-active signs make it more dangerous for pedestrians and other drivers.  So electronic signs still must not change content except for once an hour.  A proposal for once a minute was voted down.

FINALLY – No more teeth tightening required while driving SW Coast Avenue between Canyon Park and Bard Loop!

SW Coast Avenue being repaved this summer. Google Maps graphic

SW Coast Avenue being repaved this summer.
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And some excellent news for those who have long suffered driving up and down Coast Avenue from Canyon Park on the north to Bard Loop on the south – about two-thirds of a mile.  The last time it saw any new pavement, besides patches, was in 1996.   The good news is…the city has awarded the bid for a complete overlay of Coast from Canyon Park to Bard Loop this summer.  Exact start and completion dates have not been announced.  Look on the city’s website main page for that announcement.  Cost of the project is around $75,000.  Before the road is repaved, any upgrades to sewer, water or gas lines will be made so there will no need to tear up pieces of Coast for a long time into the future.

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