Citizens for a Scenic
||October 22, 2011
Attend a Movie
Premiere in NYC?
full length feature focuses on the issue of visual pollution
in our global community."
"Billboards and commercial messages dominate the public
space like never before. Can we reverse this visual
Space Available looks at diverse activists from the worlds of
advertising, street art, and politics.
by the writing of Marc Gobe (Emotional Branding), his daughter
Gwenaelle directs with tremendous verve in her depiction of
New Yorkers and others around the world who want to reclaim
the integrity of their cities against an onslaught of visual
film will eventually be widely available, DOC NYC will be
premiering the film on Saturday November 5th at 7pm at the IFC
theater in New York City. There will also be a Q&A after
the screening for viewers to question the film makers and a
few of the subjects."
organization members from around the nation are planning on
attending this premier in NYC. You may be able to meet with
international billboard activists who also plan to attend the
purchase tickets for the This Space Available premier at the
DOC NYC fest at the IFC theater on 11-05-11, please visit the
NYC website here. Remember there is limited space
-- Press Release and DOC NYC
Fun Festivals and
Mount Dora Craft
Fair, Mount Dora
Calle Orange, Orlando
Great American Cooter Festival,
Seafest Celebration, Port Richey
14th Annual American Indian Arts
Celebration, Big Cypress Seminole Indian
Clambake Lagoon Festival, Sebastian
Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire,
Highlands Hammock Civilian Conservation Corps Festival,
4th annual Stone
Crab Jam, Crystal River
21st Annual Sarasota Blues Festival,
2011 Blues 'n
Ruskin Seafood Festival,
Festival of the
Annual Winter Park Concours d'Elegance, Winter
Jamboree and Hunter's BBQ, Astor
Quilts and Tea Festival,
Coconut Festival, Cape Coral
23rd Annual St. Armands Art Festival,
Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival, Old
Key Largo Pirates
Festival, Key Largo
Fantasy Fest, Key West
Oktoberfest, Cape Coral
Third annual Coconut Creek Craft
Festival, Coconut Creek
Edible Garden Festival, Coral
Las Olas Art
Fair with Oktoberfest Beer Garden, Fort
Island Writers Conference, Sanibel Island
Ninth Annual Feast of Little Italy,
Fine Art Show, Estero
Flamingo Family Food Festival,
29th Annual Taste of
the Town, Fort Myers
American Sandsculpting Championship
Festival, Fort Myers Beach
The 71st annual Ramble A Garden
Festival, Coral Gables
Miami Book Fair International,
Interstate Fair, Pensacola
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival,
Fall Harvest Festival, Micanopy
Sea and Sky Spectacular, Jacksonville
48th Annual Florida
Seafood Festival, Apalachicola
26th Annual Great Chowder Debate, St.
St. Augustine Pirate Gathering 2010,
|Note from the
for improvement are always welcome.
Miami is a tiny city of approximately 6,000
residents. The City of West Miami, along with more
than 30 other municipalities, exists within
Miami-Dade County. Since approximately 1984, in
order to establish a "community-wide" visual
aesthetic, Miami-Dade County has had a Sign Code
which, among other features, does not allow
digital billboards anywhere in the County.
Miami’s city council was looking for additional
revenue in these tough times and it recently
adopted an ordinance that allows billboards
residents of City of West Miami decided to fight
this. Led by Leticia Vega, Ph.D with help from
Scenic Miami, Inc. and Scenic Miami-Dade County,
Inc. the residents prepared and filed papers to
commence referendum proceedings to accomplish the
wholesale repeal of the West Miami ordinance that
had "allowed" the digital billboards.
Commission of the City of West Miami, responding
to the residents, announced that it will repeal
the flawed ordinance and scheduled the first
hearing to accomplish that goal as quickly as it
residents just have to figure out how to take down
the one billboard that was slipped in while the
ordinance was (apparently illegally) in place
during the course of the proceedings. GOOD job to
our friends in West Miami and at Scenic Miami-Dade
Boynton Beach Sued
The Palm Beach Post Blog
spelled city name wrong twice in 2009, NOW they
sue the city for the right to light it up
billboard company has sued the city, saying it
violated a court settlement when it banned a lit
billboard along Interstate 95.
In a suit
filed Monday, Clear Channel Outdoor alleges that
it should be allowed to use lights on the sign on
High Ridge Road, halfway between Gateway Boulevard
and Minor Road.
now carries an ad for Panera Bread.
Outdoor Advertising sued the city in 2000 after
Boynton officials had turned down several
a federal judge ruled that the city's sign code,
which officials had used to reject 15 billboards
over two years, violated the First Amendment.
settlement, the city allowed Florida Outdoor six
billboards, including one on High Ridge Road.
Channel Outdoor and a business partner, Hardin
Holdings, bought the billboard from Florida
Outdoor in April 2008 and applied to convert it to
a lit sign in February 2009.
says the city at first approved that change, but
then rejected it, saying that adding the lighting
violated the 2001 settlement.
Channel argues in the lawsuit that the signs met
the terms of the settlement, Florida Department of
Transportation rules and federal guidelines. But
the city turned it down again in April 2010, the
Kleinberg, The Palm Beach Post News
Mark Your Calendars For
Friends of A1A Are Holding
72 Mile Garage Sale
better way to discover and celebrate our
nationally proclaimed A1A Scenic & Historic
Coastal Byway than to be a buyer or a seller in
the Super Scenic 72 Mile Garage Sale on Saturday,
November 19 from 8 am to 1 pm.
tradition in other states, it's time for a
multi-mile highway sale in Florida.
sites are located on A1A in Ponte Vedra, South
Ponte Vedra, Vilano Beach, Camachee Island, City
of St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach, Crescent
Beach, Marineland, The Hammocks, Beverly Beach,
opportunity for those who live in Planned Unit
Develpments which don't allow residents to have
yard sales to set up a space in one of the group
sites, recycle unwanted goods for cash, and make
the event into a social get together with
advantage for buyers is to be able to caravan
along an easy-to-follow route, create a
Friends-Out-Day event, and end with lunch at a fun
restaurant along the way home.
has four vacation packages including hotel,
restaurant and entertainment as prizes, free for
minimum purchase, or available online. Local
businesses can participate to provide promotional
discount coupons at some sites that include
advertising on the Scenic A1A website.
Contribution for vendors is $15 to have a
site flag to help with promotion. Participants
keep all proceeds from their sales. Register at
www.scenicA1A.org to reserve your spot. Further
details for sellers on the website or by phone.
added bonus, stop at 45 places along the way
indicated by location signs to enjoy the A1A Cell
phone Tour by dfialing 904.596.0029, given in both
English and Spanish, and learn about nature,
history and travel.
of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway is a
non-profit organization that protects, preserves,
and enhances resources along the A1A National
Scenic Byway. Proceeds in support of this citizen
advocacy organiation enable strong partnerships
with municipalities, governmental agencies and
other civic groups to maintain and improve
resources along the corridor. www.scenicA1A.org.
Seatleepi.com archive photo
Delay Granted On Digital Billboards! Thanks
to all the scenic friends for their
County Council vote to allow digital billboards
was postponed Monday, after the Council discovered
that an environmental review had not been
completed for the controversial measure.
measure would allow the conversion of standard
billboards to digital ones in unincorporated areas
in King County. That currently applies to 19
large, double-sided signs. Critics say the bill
would create “visual pollution” that distracts
drivers and suck up energy. ...
measure required an environmental review, which
had not been completed before the vote. The
measure is now scheduled for consideration on Oct.
Vanessa Ho, Seattlepi
Advertising wants a circuit court judge to
intervene in a dispute with the Rapid City Zoning
Board of Adjustment by ordering it to grant Lamar
sign building permits for six billboard locations
within the city.
Wednesday's hearing before 7th Circuit Judge Wally
Eklund, Joel Landeen from the city attorney's
office said Lamar representative Terry Olson
applied for the sign building permits prior to the
June referendum that ultimately banned new digital
Lamar applied for six sign building permits to
convert six existing signs by installing digital
faces. City building officials denied the permits
on the basis that each required a conditional use
permit from the city Planning Commission before
building permits could be issued. Lamar filed the
request with the court in late July.
asked by Landeen, Olson denied submitting the
applications in April to get them approved prior
to the election.
time we made the applications, they would have
been legal,' Olson responded.
taken its challenge of the referendum to federal
J. Cook, Rapid City Journal
Bright Lights Annoy
Place Stadium is beyond the reach of Vancouver
city hall, meaning a resident who lives nearby may
have to sue to get the Terry Fox Plaza advertising
screen turned off.
Enterprise Corporation Act exempts the stadium
from civic bylaws. B.C. Pavilion Corporation holds
the land fee-simple, which would make it subject
to local government bylaws, if not for the Act
that governs PavCo, according to Ministry of
Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
spokeswoman Cheekwan Ho.
provincial, if they choose not to seek any city
oversight they don’t have to,' said Coun. Geoff
Cookson started a Facebook campaign called Take
the Giant Screen Down Now after the stadium’s
exterior flashing advertising screen lit up his
condominium suite four blocks away on Richards
Street. 'What we’ve got here is the equivalent of
a visual ghetto blaster, creating this visual
noise for our entire community,' said Cookson.
'This frankly desecrates the Terry Fox memorial.'
screen displays a loop of advertisements, mainly
for Telus, and may contravene the city’s sign
bylaw, which states: “The illumination for any
sign shall not create a direct glare upon any
surrounding site, street or lane ..."
Mackin, The Vancouver Courier
Walker passes ordinance amendment affirming
digital billboard ban
Commission affirmed Walker's position that digital
billboards are not allowed under zoning rules
Monday by passing an ordinance amendment that
further codifies structural definitions of the
is still a party in a lawsuit in federal district
court brought by Lamar Advertising Co., which sued
last year after officials denied it building
permits to convert a pair of static billboards
won a partial dismissal of the suit this summer,
when Judge Robert Holmes Bell ruled the city's
moratorium on construction of such billboards was
valid. He is scheduled to pick up the remainder of
the suit next month now that the city has passed
Garrett Ellison, The Grand Rapids Press