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Langley sign conclave cancelled

A meeting hosted by the Langley Chamber of Commerce to resolve concerns about a new Langley sign on Highway 525 in Clinton has been cancelled.

Chamber director Sherry Mays said she set up the meeting so everyone involved could collaborate on the best way to move forward.

On Tuesday, however, she said the meeting on Wednesday would not be held.

In October, Eric Levine and Ed Jenkins began a campaign for a new Welcome to Langley sign to promote the town to people who might be passing by on Highway 525 on their way to Vancouver, British Columbia for the Winter Olympic Games.

Though merchants in Langley support the idea, the sign has become controversial in recent days. Some have said Levine and Jenkins have not collaborated enough with officials in Clinton and Langley. The pair have also been reluctant to share details of the project, such as the latest version of what the sign looks like and the name of the artist involved.

Mays did not give a specific reason for the cancellation, but added the group will try to meet in early January.

"This is certainly an important project and we do need more signage," Mays said. "We will work together to get the sign finished, but it may take a bit longer than organizers want."

Levine and Jenkins had hoped to start construction by Feb. 2 on an existing concrete pad at Campbell Road and Highway 525.

They have secured $1,500 of public funding for the project from the Port of South Whidbey, roughly half the total estimated cost of the sign.

Levine said earlier that the sign will be roughly 22-by-12 feet in size, and would feature "an artistic rendering that shows the iconic Langley downtown with the sea and beach."

An arrow will point to the turn-off at Langley Road. On the reverse side, drivers will be encouraged to stop in Clinton as they head south on the highway.

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