September 23, 2013
I Think That I Shall Never See…


…a billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall
I’ll never see a tree at all.

— Ogden Nash

From Jay Bookman:

“The General Assembly finds and declares that outdoor advertising provides a substantial service and benefit to Georgia and Georgia’s citizens as well as the traveling public. Therefore, the General Assembly declares it to be in the public interest that provisions be made for the visibility of outdoor advertising signs”

Well, if a publicly owned tree, growing on public property, might possibly interfere with the visibility of a privately owned billboard, state law gives the billboard owner the right to come onto public property and chop that tree down. Previous law exempted hardwoods with a diameter of more than eight inches and pines with a diameter of more than a foot, but under HB 179 those protections, like the trees, are gone.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 23, 2013 11:46 AM
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