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Judge sees no roadblock to digital billboard suit; how many road references did he use?

Oct 24, 2013, 12:43 pm CDT


Even better: the judge was fully aware of what he was doing, because when he starts the section after the background he states "punning thankfully over."

By RecentGrad on 2013 10 24, 1:13 pm CDT

Good for Scenic America. Billboards are a blight on the landscape, and Lady Bird's scenic initiative from back when carried with it quite a lot of protection for billboards. Billboard companies are very aware of this, and keep a watchful eye on local billboard regulations. Where Federal funds are involved in highways, billboards once permitted are basically grandfathered.

Changing messages are clearly more distracting than static ones. Yes, highway departments are using changing messages to warn of construction, or congestion. But at least those serve a very valuable transportation related function. Not so commercial billboards.

The Fed's change of tune may be no more than illustrating a good way to get your way. If it is something not of a whole lot of general interest, if turned down keep trying. Eventually you will get lucky, some public servant will have a different background, know less (or perhaps more) about the issue, and give you what you want.

By Walt Fricke on 2013 10 24, 5:16 pm CDT

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