Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

State's Billboards Could Soon Reach New Heights

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

State's Billboards Could Soon Reach New Heights

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ATLANTA -- The state Department of Transportation is considering dropping its rule limiting how high billboards can ascend into Georgia skies. Environmental groups are angry.

The state currently limits billboard height to 70 feet, although the rule has not been strictly enforced.

Deputy DOT Commissioner Steve Parks said yesterday that removing the limits would allow local governments to set their own restrictions.

The state set the height limitation in 1986, but before then it was up to local officials, he said. Any change would just be "simply putting it back like it used to be."

But Bryan Hager, chairman of the Sierra Club's Georgia chapter, said removing the limits would set a horrible precedent.

"It's awful," he said. "Are they going to turn it over to the local government to enforce the standards for trucks, building sites?"

The debate over the height limitation began this spring after some people complained that companies with billboards taller than 70 feet had not been penalized, Hager said. …

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