Federal Marshal’s Seize Neon Sign After Owner Invested Thousands of Dollars for Restoration

Wilson has given up the giant neon sign for now, but she may not have given up the fight. She has until Tuesday to decide if she wants to appeal the judge’s ruling. She’d also like to get back some of the tens of thousands of dollars she said she’s spent, removing, storing and fighting for the sign.

“If the federal government is going to tell you to do something and, in turn, tell you to keep it and you incur those costs, it’s not right to force those costs on a small business owner and leave them with nothing to show for it,” Wilson said.

Wilson said she would love to see the iconic sign displayed in Anchorage, possibly at the Anchorage Museum or by the Koots windmill in Spenard.

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