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Deltona city manager says he will resign

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DELTONA, Fla. - A battle over signs may have been the last straw for Deltona's acting City Manager Dave Denny.

Just one week after local business owners complained about being fined for a Toys for Tots sign, he said he is resigning.

"It definitely puts an air of instability in the city, it um, it makes staff a little unstable. I would imagine it would," District 3 Deltona City Commissioner Heidi Herzberg said.

Herzberg agrees the Toys For Tots signs should stay, but doesn't think it's fair to expect city staff to pick and choose when to enforce the ordinance banning so-called "snipe signs."

She said it's up to city leaders to change the ordinance.

"To make light of what staff does or try to ask staff to go ahead and not enforce or change things without knowing or understanding the actual ordinance, that's not fair. That's not fair to staff and that's not fair to residents," Herzberg said.

The Toys for Tots sign remains at the Happy Tails pet grooming business that received the fine.

Herzberg said she hopes Denny will reconsider resigning.

Deltona is working to bring more jobs to the area. Denny was involved in an effort to bring a massive call center with 500 jobs in exchange for $4 million in tax breaks.

Herzberg says juggling city managers isn't good for business.

"Businesses want stability, corporations want stability in an elected body, and that's what we really need to look at," Herzberg said.