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'See Rock City' sign will be permanent in Forsyth County


County will not prosecute


April 20, 2013


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Ben Morris in front of his barn with the "See Rock City" iconic sign painted on the rooftop. (click for larger version)
VIDEO COURTESY OF NYDIA TISDALE

CUMMING, Ga. — Ben Morris gets to keep his "See Rock City" sign after all.

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The Forsyth County resident had been in a legal squabble with code enforcement, which prohibits signs being painted on rooftops.

Morris claims all he did was restore the rooftop after one of his handymen discovered the rusty sign.

"We are victorious," Morris said, after learning his case on Forsyth County's Magistrate Court scheduled for April 18 would not be prosecuted, "nolle prosequi."

On April 3, Morris was cited and given 30 days to repaint the rooftop sign on his barn, after he restored the 90-year-old barn with "See Rock City."

Morris refused and said he would rather go to jail and face the $1,000 fine than paint over the iconic sign.

Morris said he was grateful to the thousands of supporters and news organizations that took notice of his cause and fought for him to keep the iconic sign on his barn.

Even the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners chimed-in, saying the issue needed to be re-examined because several longtime residents remember the sign being painted on the barn, 1237 Atlanta Highway (Ga. 9) next to the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market. This would have grandfathered in the sign.

"I'm grateful to the thousands of citizens throughout the country who put their efforts behind this to preserve our history," Morris said. "It's a wonderful day, indeed."

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