Alaska ACLU Files Suit Against Billboard Ban (Campaign Signs)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska filed suit on August 23, 2018 with regard to the state’s overly broad enforcement of its billboard ban, reported a KTUU Channel 2 online report. The ACLU “says that the state’s law against billboards is being enforced so broadly that it impedes political speech and should be declared unconstitutional,” the […]

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APA’s July 2018 Zoning Practice Article Focuses on Creative Sign Design

The July 2018 issue of the American Planning Association’s Zoning Practice magazine includes an article entitled “Sign Regulations That Encourage Creative Design.” Authored by James Carpentier, director of state and local government affairs for the International Sign Association, the article examines the aftermath of the July 2015 Reed v. Gilbert SCOTUS decision. The APA website https://www.planning.org/publications/document/9153579/ provides […]

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USSCF Announces Reformation of USSCF Sign Defense Fund

The United States Sign Council Foundation has announced the reformation of its USSC Legal Defense Fund (formerly the LDF Legal Defense Fund). The Sign Defense Fund is designed to help sign companies and sign owners combat defective and unconstitutional local sign zoning ordinances. Sign applicants and/or sign companies apply to the USSCF for a grant […]

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Local Judge Halts Cincinnati Billboard Tax

Cincinnati hoped to add $700,000 to its 2019 budget by placing a tax on billboards. But on Monday, July 30, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Curt Hartman wrote a stern rebuke to the plan. He wrote, “… the constant providing of additional (and ever-increasing) dollars to public officials for pet projects or even for the funding […]

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“Starry Night” Mural Allowed to Remain

The Mount Dora Florida home, whose wall and house were painted to emulate Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting, is now allowed to keep its artwork. After having been fined $10,000 for violating the Mount Dora sign code, Nancy Nemhauser and Ludomir Jastrzebski filed suit in federal court, for a dispute that began in 2017. […]

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Advice on Reed v. Gilbert Included in AACSRE Interdisciplinary Journal

An article in the 2017 Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding, which is published biannually by the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE), offers advice for communities with regard to their sign codes in the aftermath of the SCOTUS Reed v. Gilbert 2015 decision. Written by Alan Weinstein, who is the director/professor […]

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Art, sign or something else?

Home owners in Mount Dora, Florida have been fined more than $10,000 for refusing to paint over their home and outside wall with a solid color. Currently, a version of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” completely covers the house and wall in order to make it more memorable for their child, an autistic adult. Originally, the […]

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Gilmanton (NH) Reverses Course on Banning Free Speech

On March 2, 2018 New Hampshire Public Radio posted an online article about the town of Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Residents posted signs that read “We support Gilman police, even if the selectmen don’t.” However, only a few people (including a former selectman and the parents of the police chief) were threatened with punishment for alleged zoning […]

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Sign-Code Development Best Practices

The Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE) publishes its Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding twice a year. In its most recent issue, AACSRE 2017 chairperson Dawn Jourdan and Board member Eric Strauss contributed a paper entitled “Sign Code Development Process: Best Practices.” Both Jourdan and Strauss are professors of urban planning […]

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