The Conway Zoning Board of Adjustment on Wednesday denied a variance to Leavitt’s Country Bakery to keep a large piece of student-created artwork showing baked goods sold at the bakery and mountain peaks above the store, saying it is a sign in violation of zoning as it is larger than allowed. Bakery owner Sean Young tried to argue it is art, not a sign because it lacks words. The town’s ordinance says any “device, fixture, placard, structure or attachment” that uses “color, form, graphic, illumination (or) symbol” to communicate information to the public is a sign. It would take a town meeting vote to change the zoning ordinance. Young now faces a $500-a-day fine if he doesn’t take the mural down.

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