Laurel Hill accepting estimates to replace welcome sign

Laurel Hill

The "Welcome to Laurel Hill Florida" sign rests beside State Road 85 following a hit and run and strong winds that led to its demise. The city plans to replace the sign, which is insured for up to $10,000, city clerk Nita Miller said.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 06:33 PM.

LAUREL HILL — The city clerk’s office has retained three contractors’ estimates to repair the “Welcome to Laurel Hill Florida” sign, which collapsed June 28 following strong winds.

Other licensed and insured contractors can call city clerk Nita Miller, 652-4441, to offer a bid.

A hit and run in January first affected the brick and mortar sign near city hall, Miller said.   

"We're thinking the sign was backed into by a duel-wheeled vehicle," she said, adding she noticed tire tracks leading to the sign and damaged shrubs nearby.

The sign still stood after that incident, which was reported to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, but strong winds June 28 led to its collapse, Miller said.

Florida Municipal Insurance Trust Company, affiliated with the Florida League of Cities, insures the sign, city officials said.

"The deductible is $2,500; the company told us we could get up to $10,000 for it,” Miller said.  

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