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New Cartoon Creation Planned At G.I. Business

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A new cartoon vehicle could be perched above the G.I. Body Shop by the end of the week.

The Grand Island City Council voted Tuesday to amend the city's sign code. The council approved the amendment at the November 26 meeting, but another vote was needed to make it official.

The vote allows several amendments to the city's sign code, including the a change that allows vacated street frontage to be included in the number of group signs allowed. Only one ground sign is allowed for each 100 lineal feet of a lot.

G.I. Body Shop owner Fred Schritt had met that limit with five cartoon creations. Now, with the change, he can add at least two more pieces at 503 E. Fourth St.

"Wild Rosey", a pink sports car with red lips and weaponry, is ready to go up this week.

Schritt is also working on an ode to Grand Island landmark, the Coney Island Lunch Room. That will likely be up by spring.

"I own the whole block so I got lots of room," he said. "After these two then, if I'm still able to build them, then I'm going to try to get it as art."

Schritt said a local art gallery and Hall County tourism group support an attempt to designate his creations as art instead of signs so the city won't be able to regulate how many he puts up.

He said dozens of vehicles drive by to see his work every day.

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