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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Online Companies Like Facebook Turn to Outdoor Advertising

Bloomberg has published an online article https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-06/big-tech-is-spending-big-in-a-decidedly-old-school-way entitled “Facebook Pushes Online Ads, Then Spends Its Cash on Billboards.” The article says research firm Magna projects that outdoor advertising will grow 2% in 2018 to $8 billion, while ad sales for television, radio, newspaper and magazines will decline. It specifies billboard campaigns by Facebook, Google, Intel and Spotify. […]

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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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New Canaan (Connecticut) Realtors Ban “For Sale” Signs on Homes

In New Canaan (Connecticut), where the average home sells for approximately $1.5 million, the Board of Realtors has voted to remove all “for sale” signs on homes by July 1, reports a Fox News online article http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/12/wealthy-connecticut-town-bans-for-sale-signs-on-homes-on-market.html. After a six-month trial period, the Town Council could make it an ordinance. The article states, “High property and […]

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Brooklyn Small Businesses Being Fined for Sign-code Violations

Enforcement of the Brooklyn (New York) sign code is hurting small businesses, reports the Brownsville-East New York Patch. It reports, “Since 2015, more than 100 business owners around the Fulton Street Corridor have been charged between $5,000 and $20,000.” https://patch.com/new-york/brownsville/sign-fines-are-big-danger-small-business-owners-say. “Chief Samsair, the owner of Roti on the Run at 3140 Fulton St., testified that […]

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Aspen (Colorado) Police-Station Sign Exceeds Sign-code Limits by Nearly 300%

Aspen, Colorado dedicated its new police station in June 2018, and the building’s sign is nearly three times larger than what the sign code allows, reports the Aspen Daily News. https://www.aspendailynews.com/news/aspen-police-sign-given-waiver-from-size-requirements/article_d5396c18-7a6c-11e8-b7dc-fb8ca8ee482f.html “The sign, with 10-inch-tall, cut-out letters that are backlit at night and set against a foot-tall background, measures 16.62 square feet, under the city’s technical calculations of […]

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Mission (Kansas) Revised Sign Code to Allow Historic Pole Signs

The city of Mission, Kansas is revising a sign code that still wouldn’t allow pole signs, but it is adding a mechanism to allow historic pole signs that are at least 40 years old to remain. This subjective provision, which would be determined on a case-by-case basis, would require that the sign “must demonstrate Mission’s […]

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Bend (Oregon) Sandwich-board Sign Code is Unfair, per Editorial

An editorial in the June 1 issue of The Bulletin newspaper cites inequitable allowances for sandwich-board signs. Attributed to the newspaper’s editorial board, the opinion piece states, “Use of sandwich board signs is far more restricted in their industrial neighborhood than it is downtown. . . “While there are restrictions on downtown sandwich-board signs, they’re […]

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