Zoning Rule Could Mean Lights Out for Small Businesses

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ Owners of small businesses in Jeffersonville say the southern Indiana city's lighting ordinance could hurt their businesses.
 
The city's planning and zoning department has notified several businesses that they must remove LED lights that are strung around their windows because they violate rules on lighting styles, positioning and design.
 
Samai Morris tells the News and Tribune that the LED lights brighten up the parking lot at her Mai's Thai restaurant. She says customers say they feel safer in the dark parking lot because of the lights.
 
City Council President Lisa Gill says the ordinance is meant to keep drivers from being distracted while on the road.
 
Morris says a petition seeking to let the businesses keep their lights has collected 450 signatures.