Billboards Still Under Moratorium

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

There's been a moratorium on billboard permits in Leon County since last October... that reprieve was supposed to be lifted this month.
But it appears the delay is going to continue for a few more months.
The Leon County commission unanimously voted to extend the moratorium to allow the time to conduct public hearings before considering changes to the county's billboard ordinance.
Residents in the county wanted the short extension while the outdoor advertising industry wanted a much longer one.
"There is an excess of billboards in the county and also in the city. There are multiple billboards on four corners of intersections. They're side by side," says Bob Ippolito, the president for the Killearn Estates neighborhood association.
But Lloyd Childree of Lamar Outdoor Advertising says, "I don't think 30 to 45 days is an optimum time to do that. I think if we were to extend this moratorium possibly to the end of the calendar year, I think we'd have a better tune for calmer heads to prevail."
Residents say they've been trying to come to some middle ground with outdoor advertisers on ordinance changes but that hasn't happened.
They say they want the commission to implement ordinance changes that they are asking for as soon as possible.

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