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Braintree, MA civic group opposes billboard

The Patriot Ledger reports that the North Braintree, Massachusetts Civic Association is planning to oppose a request by Clear Channel to install a double sided electronic billboard on land adjacent to 131 Elm St.  The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on the proposal on April 13.  A billboard in the area which was approved last year will generate $1.5 million in lease payments to the town over 25 years. Insider’s take: “We don’t need to be […]

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Allentown Mayor Proposes Three New Locations

Allentown, PA Mayor Ed Pawlowski has proposed three new locations for billboards on city property. To proceed, Allentown City Council would have to approve three leases with Adams Outdoor Advertising, which is doing business under LVL Co. In exchange The Morning Call reports the city will receive a portion of the revenues from the signs. The proposal includes two billboards on the Tilghman Street Bridge, which will be undergoing two years of construction. The City Council is expected to discuss the billboard […]

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Together, Through Thick and Thin

In their March Legal Report, OAAA Counsel Eric Rubin explores the ties that bind all outdoor advertising companies. A shared interest in the core legal and legislative issues transcends size and geography. OAAA members range in size from closely-held independent companies that serve a limited number of markets to public and privately owned members with a broader regional or national focus. Member companies also have differing operating characteristics and priorities that are a function of their ownership structure, the nature […]

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City Paper Writes About DC Sign Flap

City Paper has written a March 9, 2016 article and a March 15, 2016 article on  Digi  Outdoor Media’s attempts to install digital signs in DC.  Digi Media has spent $20 million to install digital signs on the faces of DC buildings.  The  city’s Attorney General is trying to get an injunction to force Digi to remove its signs.  The Mayor is waffling.  We wrote about this issue in December 2016. Insider’s take:  A real free-for-all.  Digi Outdoor wants to […]

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Troup County GA reviewing sign code.

The Lagrange Daily News reports that Troup County, Georgia will vote on a 90 day sign moratorium on March 21.  The moratorium will give the County Commissioners time to consider whether to permit digital and electronic billboards and what changes are necessary to the sign code to comply with Reed v Gilbert. Insider’s take:  It’s amazing how many communities still have sign codes susceptible to a Reed v Gilbert challenge.  The outdated codes contain multiple sign classifications (e.g. yard signs, […]

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Court Victory for Billboard Maintenance

STARK COUNTY, OH (March 7) – In a victory for maintenance of nonconforming billboards, a court in Ohio overruled a locality that had issued a stop-work order. Court of Common Pleas Judge Chryssa N. Hartnett reversed the City of Alliance Board of Zoning Appeals and immediately rescinded the stop-work order. “The Board’s act of implicitly reading into the ordinance terms and limitations not contained therein was improper,” said the judge is a clearly worded 13-page decision. In January of 2016, […]

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Hawthorne Erects Second Digital Billboard.

The Daily Breeze reports that Hawthorne, California is installing a 10.6 by 36 digital billboards at Crenshaw and El Segundo boulevard.  Becker Boards has a proposal to manage the billboard in exchange for a $125,000 signing bonus to the town and a lease equal to 55% of revenue. Becker is forbidden to sell the following kinds of ads: charitable, political, religious or violent messages tobacco alchohol firearms adult business or content gambling Insider’s take: Digital billboards can be a huge […]

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Lamar appeals Pittsburgh Mt Wash sign decision

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Triblive report that Lamar Advertising has filed an appeal in Allegheny County Court to overturn a Feb 16 decision by the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment which ordered the removal of a 32 by 225 foot vinyl banner on Mt Washington. Lamar’s suit makes the following points: It put up the banner after the city failed to act for 2 years on its request to modernize the former Bayer sign on Mt Washington. The banner is not a new […]

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Pittsburgh sues to remove Mt Washington Sign.

Triblive reports that the city of Pittsburgh has sued Lamar Advertising seeking immediate removal of the large poster atop Mount Washington.  The city contends Lamar installed the 32 by 225 foot sign without approval.  Last year the city issued a notice of violation.  The city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment denied Lamar’s appeal.  The dispute dates back to June 2016.  The city unsuccessfully tried to convince a judge that the sign should be removed for maintenance violations in September 2016. Paid […]

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Total’s Auburn Mall plan moving forward

The telegram reports that Total Outdoor’s plan to erect two two-sided electronic billboards overlooking the Massachusetts Turnpike is moving ahead.  Total has agreed to make a $1 million in payments to the town over 20 years.  $250,000 up-front consisting of the first 5 years worth of payments on the sign and then $50,000/year for the remaining 15 years the signs are up. Total Outdoor is a Seattle-headquartered company which operates a billboard plant in Chicago, Seattle, Detroit, Los Angeles, Boston, […]

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