Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Medical Arts Building mega-billboard issue still unresolved

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 6:37 PM

click to enlarge Must. Get. Cell. Phone. Plan.
  • Must. Get. Cell. Phone. Plan.

Even though the massive elephant-balancing-a-cell-phone-on-its-trunk ad is gone, the Medical Arts Building billboard controversy has not died down.

Downtown resident Kyle Kessler, who's stayed on top of the issue, cc'ed CL on an email to the Georgia Department of Transportation's outdoor advertising department.

In the missive, Kessler reminded officials that failure to maintain billboard standards could cause Georgia to miss out on some federal funding. (Fasteners used to hang the 12-story ads can still be seen attached to the building.) From his email:

Let me remind you that in order for the State to not be at risk of losing federal highway funding it must maintain “effective control” of outdoor advertising, namely removing “illegal signs expeditiously” and establishing “enforcement procedures sufficient to discover illegally erected or maintained signs shortly after such occurrence and cause their prompt removal.”

Kessler points to this law. In a follow-up response to CL, the downtown resident pointed us to a similar instance in Kentucky. On May 12, a Atlanta Municipal Court judge will hear cases regarding the billboard controversy. Here's a Facebook page about the hearing.

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