Eatontown Considers Digital Billboard says the Eatontown, New Jersey borough council is looking for more info before approving a digital billboard along Route 35.  Klein Outdoor Advertising has proposed a 10.5′ by 36′ sign.  The New Jersey State Department of Transportation has already issued a permit. Insider’s take:  The Borough Council wants a 1 minute flip.  An 8 second flip is normal for digital billboards.  Not sure how Klein Outdoor recovers the costs of a digital billboard with a 60 second flip.  Perhaps Klein can […]

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AZ billboard bill supported by city.

Havasu News notes that Bullhead City, Arizona is in favor of Arizona state legislation which would permit more digital billboards in Arizona.  SB 1114  would allow for digital sign along parts of Interstate 40 (to Kingman), Highway 68 (to Laughlin), Highway 95 (Needles to Bullhead City) and Highway 93 (to Hoover dam).   Bullhead City is in favor of the legislation for three reasons: It would permit the city to replace “single pole, ugly billboards” with modern digital signs. The […]

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PA court orders digital billboard down.

On April 3, 2017  a Pennsylvania Court ruled that Kegerreis Outdoor Advertising must take down a 57 foot high digital billboard at the interchange of Interstate 83 and 283 because it is too close to the road. Here are links to a Pennlive article and Kegerreis v Department of Transportation. The case has been going on for 6 years.  In 2011 the Commonwealth denied Kegerreis a permit because the sign was located within 500 feet of I-283, I-83 and SR […]

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Federal Judge Knocks Out Tennessee Billboard Act

By Ken Klein, EVP – Government Affairs, OAAA. Last Friday a federal court invalidated Tennessee’s billboard control act, citing the US Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling against sign regulation based on content. The State is likely to seek a stay pending an appeal to the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Friday’s 44-page ruling in federal court is part of broad fallout from the US Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Reed vs. Town of Gilbert, AZ (2015).  In Reed, the high […]

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Scenic America Wants Hollywood Sign to Replace Mt Washington Billboard

WESA and CBS Pittsburgh report that Scenic Pittsburgh is asking Lamar Advertising to sell or donate a 7,200 square foot billboard on Pittsburg’s Mount Washington to Scenic Pittsburgh for a Hollywood Style letter sign. On Feb 16, 2017 the city’s Board of Zoning Adjustment ordered Lamar to the Mt Washington Banner.  Lamar has filed a legal appeal. Insider’s take:  Scenic Pittsburg should put its money where its mouth is and offer to buy the sign from Lamar at fair market […]

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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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