Adams loses Madison Lawsuit Appeal

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that a state Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling to dismiss Adams Outdoor Advertising’s $740,000 lawsuit claiming the city of Madison’s Cannonball bike path bridge over the Beltline blocks views of the company’s billboard from eastbound traffic. The lawsuit, filed in September 2014, claimed the city never consulted Adams when it was planning the pedestrian bridge, that workers trespassed on its property during bridge construction, and that the completed bridge blocks the […]

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WA’s New Marijuana Advertising Regs

New advertising regulations for Washington State went into effect on Sunday.  Here is a listing of those requirements. Senate Bill 5131 restricts outdoor advertising in the following ways (Source: Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board): Business Signs and Outdoor Advertising – Licensees are limited to two signs (maximum 1600 sq. inches) that are permanently affixed to a building or other structure on the licensed premises. – Other forms of signage/outdoor advertising are prohibited, such as sign spinners, sandwich boards, inflatables, […]

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Bullhead City OK’s Digital in Highway 95

The Mohave Valley Daily News reports that the Bullhead City Arizona city council approved a Lamar proposal for a digital billboard on the west side of Highway 95 between Riverview Drive and North Oatman Road. Lamar will: Remove a static billboard near Riviera Boulevard and Plaza Drive Pay the city $10,000/year in rent. Provide one 8 second flip per minute on one digital billboard face for local emergency messages. Construct an aesthetically pleasing brick display. The Bullhead City billboard was […]

Out of Home News Roundup

  The Day reports that  Stonington Connecticut Zoning Board of Appeals has denied a variance allow a landowner to tear down three billboards in Route 1 and replace them with a smaller digital billboard.  A short-sighted decision by the town.  They would have replaced 900 square feet of signage with a 180 square foot digital billboard which could have been used for public safety announcements in addition to providing ad space for local businesses. Kym Frank was the subject of […]

Feds Block Sale of Sponsorships on Traffic signs

Federal regulators blocked a plan to sell commercial corporate sponsorships of official traffic signs in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) pitched a proposal to auction one-third of the space on electronic freeway signs to corporate sponsors, which would look like this: The Tx-DOT proposal required federal approval, which was denied. “The FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) is unable to approve your request at this time based on the applicable statutes and regulations,” the federal agency said in a letter […]

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Lamar Sues Weston, WV

The State Journal reports that Lamar is suing the city of Weston, West Virginia in response to rejection of a billboard permit.  The Lewis County School Board approved a Lamar plan to put a billboard on school property in August 2016.  The city asked Lamar and the school board to reconsider.  In December 2016 the city passed an ordinance prohibiting billboards within 500 feet of any church, school property, cemetery, public park, public reservation, public playground or state or national […]

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Mount Washington billboard twitter war.

Lots happening with the Lamar/Pittsburg dispute over the Mount Washington Banner sign.  Lamar changed the sign vinyl.  Pittsburg’s Mayor has engaged in a twitter war with Sprint executive Mark Nachman over the issue.  Here’s Nachman’s original tweet   And then Mayor Peduto got involved. And the war was on. Lamar has offered to give the city the billboard in return for settlement of some legal and tax disputes with the city.  Lamar put up the billboard in May 2016 after […]

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NC Legislation Through An Operator’s Eyes – And Then A Surprise Defeat

Insider had a chance to talk with Grey Vick, owner of Grey Outdoor, based in Wilmington North Carolina about the current North Carolina legislation under consideration.  Here are some thoughts on legislation from the perspective of an owner/operator. House Bill 581 has been receiving a lot of media attention.  What do you see as the main issues surrounding the legislation? The main issue is that local municipalities and counties may lose more control of their decision making about outdoor advertising […]

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Smith on The Impact of Reed v Gilbert

Part 3 in a series on First Amendment Sign Cases by J. Allen Smith, an eminent domain and condemnation expert at Settlepou, a Dallas law firm.  Smith previously discussed Metromedia and two cases which amplified Metromedia.   The reverberations of Reed v. Town of Gilbert are in full effect. Its impact is making government entities reevaluate their laws and may bring the issue of free speech in the context of billboards before the Supreme Court again as cases develop in […]

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Lagrange and Troup County Update Ordinances

The Lagrange News reports that the Lagrange, GA and Troup County, GA are updating their sign ordinances to comply with Reed v Gilbert.   The changes include: No permit is needed for a temporary sign.  A temporary sign is a sign which is in place for no more than 20 days once a quarter. Sign height is being reduced from 35 feet to 25 feet. Billboards will be allowed on I-85 No digital signs will be permitted on Troup County […]

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