Thursday, February 17, 2011

In for the Long Haul

A couple of years ago, there was a bill introduced in the Alabama Legislature that would have effectively eliminated sign regulations in the state. Scenic Alabama fought it, of course, and one of our strongest supporters was a group from Orange Beach. City officials and business leaders in that city have worked long and hard to create a welcoming, beautiful environment for their residents and thousands of visitors.

The city passed a billboard prohibition in 2001, and the industry has been fighting them ever since. This week, at last, the city won, and the billboards are coming down. Billboard company to pull 3 Boards

The people on the Gulf Coast are resilient in the face of natural and man-made disasters. They know that billboards not only are a visual blight that interferes with tourism, but also can create a negative impression of the community depending on what message appears on the board.

Orange Beach was in it for the long haul, and so is Scenic Alabama. We have been working behind the scenes for a couple of years: fighting bad legislation, educating public officials, and organizing to keep Corridor X/I-22 free from billboard blight. You will be seeing more of us in the months ahead, as these long-term projects come to fruition. Please keep in touch and support Scenic Alabama.

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