Insurance industry expresses concern over digital billboard risks

A.M. Best, the leading rating agency focused on the insurance industry, has produced a video focusing on potential risks to insurers posed by digital billboards. “Any distraction is going to be of concern to the insurance industry,” said Loretta Worters, Vice President of the Insurance Information Institute. “When you turn away from your driving it’s…

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Meet Pam Wilson: attorney, activist and advocate for San Diego’s scenic beauty

By Makenna Sievertson, Scenic America intern Pamela Wilson, a New Jersey native turned proud Californian by a childhood family move, founded Scenic San Diego in early 2013. As the volunteer director of the organization, Wilson has worked diligently to promote civic beauty and fight the multi-billion dollar billboard industry in San Diego and nearby cities. Pam…

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Scenic America launches ViewFinders visual environmental education program

Scenic America is proud to announce the launch of ViewFinders, the first and only educational program aimed at teaching youth how to critically examine the visual environment. First developed by the Dunn Foundation, ViewFinders is designed to help citizens look at their communities in a new light. “Simply asking a question like ‘do I like…

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Sen. Lamar Alexander receives Scenic America’s Stafford Award

Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee received Scenic America’s highest honor, the Stafford Award, during its recent meeting of affiliates and Board of Directors in Washington, D.C. Senator Alexander’s selection recognizes his longtime, outspoken support for America’s scenic and natural landscapes. An early advocate of sustainable tourism, Senator Alexander has sponsored legislation to protect scenic wilderness,…

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Governor Chafee receives Stafford Award for beautification program

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has received Scenic America’s Stafford Award for his leadership in establishing a highway beautification program aimed at improving the visual appearance of the state’s roadways.  The award was presented during a recent reception in Newport hosted by the group’s chairman, Ronald Lee Fleming.  An award for excellence in transportation leadership…

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Oceanside City Council votes down digital billboards

Another southern California city has rejected a proposal to allow digital billboards on public property.   Scenic advocates and local residents persuaded the Oceanside City Council to vote down a first-ever digital billboard in the city.  The billboard would have gone up on public property on busy California State Route 78.  The victory for the…

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After latest flap, state takes control of Philadelphia’s outdoor advertising

Shortly after the Philadelphia City Council signed off on plans for giant digital advertising displays on downtown city streets, Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation has revoked the city’s right to control outdoor advertising in commercial areas. Many large cities in the United States have certification from their state Departments of Transportation to control outdoor advertising in…

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Hilton Head Island project puts overhead power lines underground

One of the most inspiring and forward-looking municipal improvement projects in the country is currently underway in the Town of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where crews are more than halfway through a 15-year project to put overhead power lines underground.  The effort is the result of a 2004 Town ordinance requiring the conversion of…

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Mark Mayer: wrangling with the wild west of billboard regulation

By Makenna Sievertson, Scenic America intern After Mark Mayer graduated from the University of Michigan in 1978 with a degree in mathematics, the Detroit native wanted to move west to sunnier climes. Enticed by the seemingly never ending beauty of the deserts and mountains, he settled in Tucson, Arizona in 1984. Mayer first became involved…

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Scenic America Honors former Pittsburgh mayor with Stafford Award

Scenic America has presented its Stafford Award to former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy in recognition of his work as an advocate for sustainable development and scenic preservation.  The presentation was made during Scenic America’s recent board meeting in that city. “The Stafford Award serves as Scenic America’s most prestigious award, having honored luminaries such as…

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