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Pinellas pushes forward billboard moratorium



There won't be any new digital signs for a year in unincorporated Pinellas County, if the County Commission gives final approval Dec. 15 to a one-year moratorium.

The board had a public hearing Tuesday on the ban, which was spawned by new efforts by Clear Channel to erect digital billboards in the county and elsewhere in Tampa Bay. The outdoor sign company isn't happy.

And Commissioner Ken Welch's suggestion that the company accelerate its removal of traditional billboards to add digital ones  -- a tactic proposed in St. Petersburg -- didn't get very far. The company offered it before the county slapped a moratorium on new signs last month.

"As we discussed a compromise, you guys went to a moratorium. So you took me off the podium," vice president Tom O'Neil told the board.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:19pm]


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