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					Topic 575-070-050 Motorist Information and Highway Advertising Regulation Procedures Manual

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Section 1.1 LOGO SIGN PROGRAM
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PURPOSE............................................................................................................... 1-1-1 AUTHORITY ........................................................................................................... 1-1-1 SCOPE.................................................................................................................... 1-1-1 PROCEDURE ...........................................................................................................1-1-1 FORMS ................................................................................................................... 1-1-2 1.1.1 1.1.2 1.1.3 1.1.4 1.1.5 Annual Permit Renewals ............................................................................. 1-1-2 Processing Address, Name and Ownership Changes................................. 1-1-3 Processing Applications for New Logo Sign Permits................................... 1-1-6 Qualifications of Businesses........................................................................ 1-1-8 Notice of Denial, Revocation, Suspension, Voiding, or Cancellation of Permit. ........................................................................................................ 1-1-11 Quarterly Reports to the Department ........................................................ 1-1-14 Annual Payments to the Department......................................................... 1-1-14 Field Review.............................................................................................. 1-1-15 Process for Site Plans Approval ................................................................ 1-1-16 Process for Use of Combination Signs ................................................... 1-1-17

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LOGO SIGN PROGRAM
PURPOSE
To establish a process for overseeing privatization of the Florida Logo Program.

AUTHORITY
23 U.S.C. 131 (f) Part 2G, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Section 479.261, F.S. Chapter 14-85.004, F.A.C.

SCOPE
Florida Logos, Inc. Other affected offices include Traffic Operations and Maintenance.

PROCEDURE
(1) Section 479.261, Florida Statutes, was amended effective May 21, 1996, privatizing the logo program. Florida Logos, Inc. was awarded a 10 year contract that expires on December 31, 2007 to provide all logo services associated with the program and will be referred to as the Program Administrator. A State Program Administrator has also been appointed in the Central Office of Right of Way. The State Program Administrator is responsible for coordinating the program between the Department and the Program Administrator. The State Program Administrator has established a desk procedure to help ensure that laws, rules, policies and the contract scope of services with Florida Logos, Inc. are properly implemented and followed. A copy of these desk procedures is attached. The District Traffic Operations Offices will assist the State Program Administrator by reviewing and approving logo site plans. The local maintenance yard will be notified by the designated contractor 48 hours

(2)

(3)

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prior to beginning operations in that area. See Section 9, Process for Site Plans Approval, for details of these responsibilities.

FORMS
No Department forms are required by this procedure. Florida Logos, Inc. has established form FLI-163, Logo Application/Annual Renewal form.

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Annual Permit Renewals

1.1.1.1 Permits expire annually on December 31. The program administrator shall provide a notice of annual permit renewal to each holder of a valid permit on or before November 1. 1.1.1.2 Each permit holder that timely renews will retain priority over other applicants. The permit holder must be notified in writing by November 1 that if a renewal is not completed and received by the Department by December 1, businesses at that exit on the Department’s waiting list, will be given, in priority order, available logo space. To renew a permit, the permit holder must complete and submit a new application, along with an annual permit fee of $1000.00, to the program administrator postmarked no later than December 1. 1.1.1.3 A complete application shall consist of a Logo Application /Annual Permit Renewal, (form FLI-163, revised 09/98), with applicable sections filled out and signed by a person authorized to sign on behalf of the business, corporation or individual owner. The program administrator will return an incomplete application to the permit holder within 10 working days of receipt of the application. 1.1.1.4 The program administrator shall conduct an on site inspection prior to renewal in order to confirm eligibility requirements. If the inspection shows that the business does not meet all eligibility requirements, the application will be denied and returned to the permit holder. 1.1.1.5 If a completed application form and permit fee are not received by December 1, the program administrator shall send the permit holder a notice of intended Department action that includes the following information: (A) A statement that the notice acts as the Department’s denial of the application. The permit holder has the right to disagree with the Department’s proposed action as set forth in the Notice and the permit holder may request an administrative proceeding in accordance with the attached Notice of Appeal Rights;
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(B)

Acknowledgment that the logo permit has expired and the affected business logos will be removed and returned to the permit holder within an established time frame; Notification that the permit holder may subsequently reapply for eligibility; however, such reapplication will be handled by the program administrator as a new application on a “first come, first served” basis; A statement of the permit holder’s rights to request an administrative proceeding contesting the Department’s denial.

(C)

(D)

1.1.1.6 The business logo will be held for 30 days following the receipt of the Notice of Intended Department Action to allow the permit holder to request a hearing. If a hearing request is not received, the business may pick up its logos from the program administrator. 1.1.1.7 Prior to mailing annual renewal notices, the program administrator shall identify the following participants at each interchange and shall determine if any applicant on the waiting list has the potential to bump a participant: (A) (B) Limited service food businesses; Gas, food and lodging businesses located 3 to 6 miles from the interchange; One direction participants located at a two direction interchange; Businesses not visible from the crossroad that provide their own direction signage.

(C) (D)

1.1.1.8 The program administrator shall send a permit to the business within 30 days of renewal.

1.1.2

Processing Address, Name and Ownership Changes

1.1.2.1 Physical address change. The Permit stays with the owner provided the business category remains the same and the interchange remains the same. (A) When a participant changes its physical address and requests new business logo signs and or mileage/arrows, the program administrator shall, within five working days, provide a logo application form number
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FLI-163, 09/98 along with a written notice to the business owner stating that the participant must return a completed logo application within 10 calendar days of receipt of the notice in order to assure continued participation in the program; (B) The program administrator shall cover or remove the old business logos (if the logo changes) within 10 calendar days of the request for new business logo signs; Within 30 days of receipt of the completed application the program administrator shall inspect the new facility to determine if it meets all eligibility requirements; The program administrator shall install the new business logo signs within 30 days of receipt of the signs. Following are examples:

(C)

(D)

EXAMPLE 1: Gas participant closes its Shell business and buys a Texaco business 2 miles down the road (that meets program qualification requirements) and wants to transfer the permit to the new facility. The participant requests new business logo signs, mileage signs and arrows. EXAMPLE 2: Gas participant (Texaco) buys another facility(BP food mart) at the same interchange (that meets program qualification requirements) and wants to transfer its logo permit to the new facility and drop the Texaco facility. The participant requests a new BP food mart business logo, new mileage signs and arrows. EXAMPLE 3. Gas participant (Citgo) closes and opens another (Citgo) down the road but at the same interchange (that meets program qualification requirements) and requests the arrow on the ramp sign and the mileage changed. 1.1.2.2 Business name change: No change in logo standing provided the owner, location, and category remain the same. (A) When a participant changes its franchise or business name and requests new business logos, the program administrator shall make a note in the participants file of the change; The program administrator shall install the new business logos within 30 days of receipt of the signs. Following are examples: EXAMPLE 1: Gas participant closes its Shell business and buys a Texaco business 2 miles down the road, but still within mileage requirements of the same
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interchange and wants to transfer the permit to the new facility. The participant requests new business logo signs, mileage signs and arrows. EXAMPLE 2: Gas participant (Texaco) buys another facility(BP food mart) at the same interchange and wants to transfer its logo permit to the new facility and drop the Texaco facility. The participant requests a new BP food mart business logo, new mileage signs and arrows. EXAMPLE 3. Gas participant (Citgo) closes and opens another (Citgo) down the road but at the same interchange and requests the arrow on the ramp sign and the mileage changed. 1.1.2.3 Business ownership change: No change in logo standing. Permit rights go to the new owner. (A) When a change in business ownership is discovered, the program administrator shall within 10 working days, obtain documentation from both parties involved and will provide a logo application form FLI-163, 09/98 along with a written notice to the new business owner stating that: (1) The new business owner must complete and return the logo application form FLI-163, 09/98 to the program administrator within 30 calendar days of receipt of the notice in order to assure continued participation in the program; The business will be inspected within 30 days of the program administrator’s receipt of the completed application.

(2)

(B)

If the business is in the food category and there is no change in the operating hours, the application is approved. If, however, the hours of operation are altered and the logo structure is full, the program administrator must check the application for the following: (1) If the previous owner operated as a full service food business and there is a waiting list for that exit, the new owner must provide the same full service operating hours; If the new owner checked limited service hours, the program administrator must provide notice to the business that they must operate as a full service business or the space will be given to the next business on the waiting list.

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Processing Applications for New Logo Sign Permits

1.1.3.1 Applications are considered on a “first-come, first-served” basis. The program administrator must date stamp all applications as they are received. Permit applications shall be assigned priority based upon the date of receipt, with the application received earliest receiving the highest priority, except under the following conditions. (A) For all categories, applications received for businesses within 3 miles of an interchange have priority over businesses that are over 3 miles of an interchange; Applications for food businesses that have operating hours from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (full service hours) have priority over food businesses that have operating hours from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (limited service hours); For all categories, businesses that can be signed in both directions have priority over businesses that can only be signed in one direction only; For all categories, businesses located on or visible from the crossroad have priority over businesses not located on or visible from the crossroad, that provide their own direction signage.

(B)

(C)

(D)

1.1.3.2 If space is not available on a logo structure for a business logo sign, or the exit is not qualified, the program administrator shall review the application for distance pursuant to (10)(b); and for operating hours pursuant to (10)(e)4; one direction businesses located at two direction interchanges pursuant to (10)(c)2; and businesses providing their own directional signs pursuant to (10)(a)5, and will retain the application, place the business on a waiting list, in priority order, and provide by certified mail, a notice to the applicant: (A) (B) Advising the applicant that no space is available; Advising the applicant that he has been placed on a prioritized waiting list, based on the filing date of the application; Indicating the applicant’s position on the list as of the date of the notice; Advising the applicant that he will be notified when space becomes available, at which time the applicant will have 30 days within which to file a new application.

(C) (D)

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located over 3 miles from the interchange, one direction participants located at two direction interchanges, and businesses not visible from the crossroad that provide their own direction signage. The program administrator shall check the waiting list for each interchange to determine if any applicant on the waiting list has the potential to bump an existing participant. If any are identified they will be sent notices by certified mail as follows: (A) Limited service food participants shall be sent a letter with their November 1, renewal notice advising them that in order to continue to participate in the program they must adjust their operating hours, at a minimum, to 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (full service hours) 360 days per year; Participants in gas, food and lodging categories located 3 to 6 miles from the interchange shall be sent a notice of denial by November 1; Participants that serve one direction only and are located at a two direction interchange shall be sent a notice of denial by November 1; Participants that are not visible from the crossroad that no longer provide their own direction signage shall be sent a notice of denial by November 1.

(B)

(C)

(D)

1.1.3.4 When space becomes available, the program administrator shall within 5 working days, provide notice to the business highest in priority on the wait list that: (A) (B) Space on the logo board is available; An application must be submitted within 30 calendar days or the program administrator will deem that the applicant has withdrawn its application and the space will be offered to the next business in priority order on the waiting list; If an application is not received within 30 calendar days the business must then resubmit its application as a new business and will lose its place on the waiting list.

(C)

15.1.3.5 Upon receipt of a Logo Application /Annual Permit Renewal, (form FLI-163, revised 09/98) for a location where space is available, the program administrator shall check the application and conduct an on site inspection, within 30 days of receipt, to determine if it is complete and correct. A complete application shall consist of a Logo Application /Annual Permit Renewal, (form FLI-163, revised 09/98), with applicable sections filled out and signed by a person authorized to sign on behalf of the business, corporation or individual owner.
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1.1.3.6 If the application is not complete, the program administrator shall request additional information. The applicant will have 30 calendar days to submit the additional information to the program administrator. The changes must be initialed by a person authorized to sign on behalf of the business, corporation or individual owner. 1.1.3.7 The program administrator shall approve or deny a completed application within ninety (90) calendar days of receipt. 1.1.3.8 When an application is approved, the program administrator shall send the applicant a written notice of approval, after which the applicant has 30 calendar days to submit the permit fee to the program administrator. If the program administrator does not receive the permit fee within 30 calendar days from the date of the approval of the application, the program administrator shall send the applicant, by certified mail, a Notice of Denial. 1.1.3.9 When the permit is approved, the business is responsible for providing the program administrator with its business logos within 60 calendar days. The program administrator will attach the business logos to the display panels within 30 calendar days of receipt of the sign or the permit fee, whichever is later. 1.1.3.10 Permits approved after September 30 will expire December 31, of the year following approval. The fee for permit holders with applications approved after September 30 shall include fees for the next calendar year. Permit holders with applications approved between January 1 and September 30 will have permits fees prorated with 1/12 of the annual permit fee charged for each month or a portion thereof remaining in the calendar year after the date of approval of the application.

1.1.4

Qualifications of Businesses

1.1.4.1 Each business must complete a Logo Application /Annual Permit Renewal, (form FLI-163, revised 09/98 ). The minimum required services must be met in order for the business to qualify for the program. The program administrator must maintain a file that includes an approved application for each participant. 1.1.4.2 A field inspection shall be conducted for each business submitting an application to confirm the business meets the eligibility requirements established in Rule14-85.004 (11). F.A.C. The participant file must show that the business was inspected. 1.1.4.3 Gas, food, or lodging businesses that are within three miles of the interchange have priority over businesses located 3 to 6 miles from the interchange. Businesses that are 3 to 6 miles from the interchange that meet all other requirements may qualify if
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there is space on the display panel. A permit for a business logo issued to a business located within three to six miles of the interchange will not be renewed at the next billing date if six businesses located within three miles of the interchange have been qualified for logo permits. 1.1.4.4 Full service food businesses have priority over limited service food businesses. If a limited service food business submits an application prior to the program administrator receiving an application from a full service food business the limited service food business will be offered the opportunity to change its hours to full service hours before the space is given to the full service business next in line. 1.1.4.5 To qualify for a logo sign in any category, a business must be located on or be visible from the crossroad. EXCEPTION. A business that meets all other qualifications but is not located on or visible from the crossroad will be permitted to display a business logo sign under the following conditions: (A) The business demonstrates that adequate signing is in place to direct the motorist to its location; Space is available to display the business logo sign on an exiting logo structure; A business which qualifies under this exception will be permitted to renew their business logo sign permit annually unless one or more qualified businesses that are visible from the crossroad apply and are approved and no space is available on the logo structure. In such cases, the businesses qualified under this exception which are nearest the crossroad will be approved for permit renewal. (1) The program administrator must check annually that the directional signage is still in place, and if any other businesses have applied that are visible from the crossroad; When one or more businesses which are visible from the crossroad qualifies for participation and the background board is full, the program administrator shall identify any participants that are not visible from the crossroad at that exit. The program administrator shall send the participant that is not visible from the crossroad and is farthest from the crossroad a Notice of Intent to Deny by November 1; (3) If the participant fails to file a request for a hearing within 30 calendar days after receipt of the notice of intent to deny, the
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denial shall become conclusive and constitute final agency action. When a hearing has been requested, the Department’s issuance of a final order shall constitute final agency action; (4) After final agency action takes place, the program administrator shall remove the business logo and send a notice of space available to the business that is next in line.

1.1.4.6 Any gas category participant willing to provide gas pumping service to motorists with disabilities may display the international symbol for accessibility on their business logo if they demonstrate that: (A) An attendant is on duty that will pump gas for the motorist with disabilities without additional charge during the hours the business is open; At least one gas pump is plainly identified with the International Symbol for Accessibility; The program administrator shall include information about the program in the yearly renewal package to each gas participant and to new businesses when processing new gas business applications that: (1) (2) It is a voluntary program; Gas category businesses may elect to participate at the next permit renewal date, or in the case of a new participant, with the first permit fee payment submitted. For an initial permit application for a full service or self service gas business willing to provide gas pumping service to motorists with disabilities, the permit fee for the initial year of participation will be $1,200. Subsequent annual permit renewals will be at the rate of $1,000. For an annual renewal for a full service or self service gas business willing to provide gas pumping service to motorists with disabilities, the first

(B)

(C)

year permit fee will be $1,200. Subsequent annual permit renewals will be at the rate of $1,000. (D) When the program administrator receives a request, the program administrator shall: (1) Inspect the gas business within 30 days of receipt of the request to insure that (6) (a) and (b) above are met; Attach the symbol in the upper left-hand corner of the business logo
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within 60 days of receipt of the request; (3) Inspect the business annually to verify that (6) (a) and (b) are being met.

1.1.4.7 Businesses accessible from both directions have priority over businesses serving one direction only. Gas, Food, Lodging and Camping businesses may be qualified in one direction only if the following conditions are met: (A) (B) The business is located at an interchange that serves one direction only; Businesses located at an interchange serving both directions can only be signed in one direction because of the interchange or because of spacing. A permit for a business logo issued to a business serving one direction only shall not be renewed at the next billing date after six businesses serving both directions have been qualified for logo permits.

1.1.5

Notice of Denial, Revocation, Suspension, Voiding, or Cancellation of Permit.

In cases of permit denial, revocation, or voiding, the program administrator shall provide written notice to the permittee by certified mail. Denial 1.1.5.1 The program administrator shall deny an application if: (A) (B) Space is not available; The business does not meet the eligibility requirements; or

(C)

The required fees are not submitted.

1.1.5.2 When an application is denied the program administrator shall provide, by certified mail with return receipt requested, a written notice of intent to deny containing: (A) (B) The particular facts or basis for denial of the application; A statement that the letter serves as a Notice of Intended Department Action. If the applicant disagrees with the Department’s proposed action as set forth in this Notice of Intended Department Action, a request for administrative proceeding may be filed in accordance with the Notice of
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Appeal Rights included with the notice. Revocation 1.1.5.3 The program administrator shall revoke a permit if: (A) The logo program participant no longer meets the eligibility requirements set forth in Rule14-85.004, F.A.C.; The logo program participant willfully made a false, deceptive, or fraudulent statement in its application or in any other information submitted to the program administrator that is used to determine eligibility; The logo program participant has modified or revised a logo panel or logo structure without authorization by the Department.

(B)

(C)

1.1.5.4 The program administrator shall issue a notice of noncompliance to the permit holder by certified mail. This notice shall state the noncompliance found and provide the following: (A) Notification that the permittee shall have 30 calendar days from receipt of the notice of noncompliance to correct the noncompliance; and A statement that if corrective action is not accomplished within the 30-day period, the program administrator shall issue a notice of intent to revoke the permit.

(B)

1.1.5.5 Prior to revoking a permit and removing the business logo sign, the Department shall issue by certified mail, with return receipt requested, a written notice which contains: (A) (B) The particular facts or basis for revocation; A statement that the notice serves as an intent to revoke the permit. If the permit holder disagrees with the Department’s proposed action, the permit holder may request an administrative proceeding in accordance with the Notice of Appeal Rights included with the Notice of Department Action.

Suspension 1.1.5.6 When a business requests a suspension from the program administrator because the business is temporarily unable to provide required services, the program administrator will, with 48 hours of notification, grant the suspension if the following apply:
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(A)

The maximum period of suspension shall be 90 calendar days, except in cases of national disaster or when substantial physical changes such as retrofitting of fuel tanks must be made to the business. In these cases, an additional 90 calendar days will be granted by the program administrator upon receipt of complete construction or engineering specifications for the physical changes and a construction schedule supporting the need for additional time; The logo sign permit must remain in force, including payment of all fees, during the period of suspension; Within 14 calendar days, the program administrator shall cover or remove the business logo sign until the business is again able to provide required services; If the circumstances requiring suspension of the permit are not resolved within the time frame in (a) above, the program administrator shall revoke the logo sign permit in accordance with the revocation procedure above.

(B)

(C)

(D)

Voiding 1.1.5.7 The Department may terminate permits or change locations of logo sign sites as the Department determines necessary for construction or improvement of transportation facilities or for improved traffic control or safety. Prior to voiding a permit, the Department shall issue by certified mail, with return receipt requested, a written notice which contains: (A) (B) The particular facts or basis for the voiding; A statement that the notice serves as an intent to void the permit and that the Department will reimburse the business for the unexpired permit term, on a pro rata basis. If the permit holder disagrees with the Department’s proposed action, the permit holder may request an administrative proceeding in accordance with the Notice of Appeal Rights included with the Notice of Department Action.

Cancellation 1.1.5.8 If a participant decides to no longer participate in the logo program, the participant must provide to the program administrator a written notice of its intent to cancel. Upon receipt of the notice of intent to cancel the program administrator will cancel the participant’s permit and take down the participant’s business logo sign. The participant may secure the logo sign from the program administrator.
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1.1.6

Quarterly Reports to the Department

1.1.6.1 Quarterly, the program administrator must submit reports to the Department outlining the following information: (A) Names, addresses, and locations of all businesses participating in the logo program by route, exit number, county and district; A chart showing the total number of businesses participating in the program, including sub-totals for each route, county and each district; The route, exit number (if applicable), direction, location, size of sign, work performed (e.g., installation/erection, replacement, maintenance, removal) and date completed for each sign structure where work of any type has been performed since the last reporting period; List of businesses added and removed from the program since the last reporting period, including reason for removal; The fourth quarter report each year shall include information for the quarter and a summary of all activities reported during the year, including financial statements. The financial statements shall identify all revenue and expenditures according to general accepted accounting principles. The statements shall clearly itemize and identify the annual administration fee paid to the Department.

(B)

(C)

(D)

(E)

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Annual Payments to the Department

1.1.7.1 By January 15 of each year the program administrator must make a payment to the Department of $65,000.00 to cover the annual costs of project management and management oversight. (A) The annual payment may be altered by legislative action, with the increase not to exceed 5% per year; By December 1 of each year, the State Program Administrator will inform the program administrator of any changes to the payment schedule for that year.

(B)

1.1.7.2 By December 30 of each year, the program administrator must reimburse the Department for legal services arising out of administrative hearing proceedings dealing
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with the denial, revocation or voiding of permits. (A) Reimbursement will be on the basis of $40.00 per hour for actual time spent, not to exceed $25,000.00 annually; By December 1 of each year, the State Logo Program Administrator will provide to the program administrator an annual report of the Department’s legal expenses for the logo program.

(B)

1.1.7.3 The program administrator’s payments for the annual fees described above shall be made payable to the Florida Department of Transportation.

1.1.8

Field Review

1.1.8.1 The program administrator must make at least two inspections of logo structures annually, one of which must be a night review. The purpose of the inspections is to ensure quality service to Florida’s traveling motorists. (A) Each daytime inspection shall include a physical check of each logo structure for defects that are the result of vandalism, weatherization, theft or acts of God; Each night inspection shall include a physical check of material reflection; Defects or damages to the logo structures are the responsibility of the program administrator and their correction is to be coordinated with an appropriate local FDOT Maintenance Office within 5 working days of each inspection. Routine Repair of any deficiency shall be accomplished within 60 days of identification by the program administrator with the exception of (d) below; (D) Conduct emergency logo structure maintenance. Emergency logo structure maintenance is when FDOT determines that an immediate safety hazard to the traveling public exists. This condition shall be determined on a case by case basis. Repair shall be accomplished within a time frame commensurate with need, as determined by the Department; Defects or damages to the business logo signs are the responsibility of each business participant. If a business logo sign is found to be defective, the business participant shall be notified in writing, within 5 working days of each inspection, of the defects. The business participant shall provide a new or repaired panel to the program administrator within 30 calendar days.
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1.1.9

Process for Site Plans Approval

1.1.9.1 Prior to applications being processed by the program administrator for interchanges approved by the Department for participation in the logo program, the program administrator and a designated engineer pre-approved by the Department will collect distance data, elevations etc., from each interchange. The program administrator will develop required site plans and his designated engineer will sign and seal the plans. Plans will be on a 11”x17” sheet and will include: (A) (B) (C) (D) (E) Post size; Location; Panel size; Vegetation clearing; and Engineer signature and seal.

1.1.9.2 The program administrator will send two sets of plans to the State Program Administrator.

1.1.9.3 The Department’s designee will: (A) Check the plans to ensure all required elements are contained, including the engineer’s seal and signature. If the plans are correct, the designee will: (1) (2) (3) (B) Create a permanent file; Send both copies to the appropriate FDOT District Traffic Operations Engineer for approval; Log plans with date received from the program administrator and indicate date needed back from the district.

If the plans are incomplete or are not correct, they will be returned to the program administrator within 5 working days of receipt.

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1.1.9.4 Within two weeks of receiving plans, the district traffic operations engineer or designee will approve or deny the plans. (A) If the plans are approved the District Traffic Operations Engineer will sign the two originals and send both back to the Department’s State Program Administrator. The district will work by phone with the program administrator to resolve issues and will pencil in changes in order to expedite the schedule; If plans are denied, the District Traffic Operations Engineer will state the reason(s), mark up the submitted plans as needed, and send them back to the State Program Administrator.

(B)

1.1.9.5 The State Program Administrator will sign both sets of the plans; keep one signed and sealed original in Tallahassee and send the other to the program administrator. 1.1.9.6 Within 14 working days of its receipt of signed and sealed plans, the program administrator will send a written work order to the program administrator’s designated contractor to erect the logo signs. 1.1.9.7 The designated contractor will erect the logo signs within 120 working days of its receipt of the written work order. The designated contractor will contact the local FDOT Maintenance yard for that area 48 hours prior to beginning operations in that area. 1.1.9.8 Final construction approval and inspection will be done by the program administrator’s designated engineer within 90 calendar days of installation. As-built plans signed and sealed by the designated engineer will be sent to the Department’s State Program Administrator. 1.1.9.9 The State Program Administrator will send a copy of the signed and sealed asbuilt plans within 30 working days of plans receipt to the FDOT District Traffic Operations Engineer and to the district Maintenance Engineer.

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Process for Use of Combination Signs

1.1.10.1 Combination logo structures may be used where spacing is unavailable for separate structures for all business categories for which applications have been submitted. 1.1.10.2 The configuration of the combination logo structures will be determined by the
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priority order established in Rule 14-85 paragraph (4)(a) and the number of applicant businesses in each category which have been qualified for participation at the time the structure is to be erected. For example: If an interchange has space for one logo structure north bound and space for three logo structures south bound and six businesses have submitted applications and are qualified in each of the four categories, a full size gas logo structure must be constructed for the north bound and 3 full size single category gas, food, and lodging logo structures must be constructed for the south bound. 1.1.10.3 The combination logo structures(s) shall display each category (not to exceed 3 categories per structure) which are qualified for participation. A “2-2-2” combination sign cannot be constructed at an interchange when more than two (2) gas or food businesses are qualified and are willing to participate in the program. 1.1.10.4 If some services do not submit applications at the time of initial marketing, the sign may be configured to meet the demand, in priority order. All businesses must be contacted face to face and/or by telephone and given two weeks to respond. However, before a category is eliminated the program administrator must send a certified letter with an application and give two weeks to respond. 1.1.10.5 If a category is not present, the program administrator must move to the next category in priority order.

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