Laguna Beach businesses got a boost Tuesday from city officials.
The City Council unanimously approved a summer moratorium on the enforcement of a ban on displays outside local stores. The action was taken in response to entreaties from business owners to help them combat the lackluster economy.
"A lot of us need something to get us through the summer," said Heidi Miller, owner of Tight Assets on South Coast Highway. "Outdoor displays make a huge difference in my business. Last weekend, knowing I was going to the council, I asked my customers what brought them into the store. I'd say that 90% of them said it was the displays."
The council approved displays only on private property, unenclosed areas in front of the shops, within the footprint. Displays are limited to 10 square feet and must not impede safe passage by pedestrians.