...Local governments must now consider the constitutional ramifications of restricting signs and billboards in order to avoid the unnecessary consequences of enacting and enforcing poorly conceived signage restrictions.

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Sign Ordinances:
A Primer on Constitutional Limitations

By Reid Alan Cox

Excerpt: "Differing rules promote many signs of confusion."

This front-page headline in the St. Petersburg Times clearly and concisely sums up the constitutional problem faced by local governments that enter the often politically popular but legally difficult area of regulating signage. Nevertheless, despite the treacherous First Amendment terrain mapped out by court decisions across the country, including several decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, localities are attempting to navigate the constitutional hills and valleys by regulating signage with increasing frequency and strictness.
 


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February 27, 2003
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