A coalition of 30 cities on Florida’s west coast is calling for lawmakers to repeal a year-old law that allows the state’s five water management districts to erect digital billboards on public land.
Citing recent reports by The Palm Beach Post, the Suncoast League of Cities passed a resolution urging Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, to file a bill to strike down the 2012 billboard law or at least restore the ability of cities and counties to regulate digital billboards. Brandes did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.
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What the Post found
After an unidentified lawmaker slipped a last-minute provision allowing billboards on water district land into a funding bill, the South Florida Water Management District awarded a company owned by Harkley Thornton, a former board member and former business partner of the executive director, a contract to build billboards on the district’s public land. Amid heavy criticism, the district canceled its billboard program after the Post’s report.