Seaside road in south Jersey benefits from local couple’s efforts

A digital billboard that kept neighbors awake and blighted a southern New Jersey seaside roadway has been taken down thanks to the determination of one local couple.

inline_343_/storage/gifs/margate-2.gifAs part of the settlement of the lengthy and expensive legal battle, the company that put up the Margate Causeway billboard has agreed to never operate a digital billboard along the bayside strip again. In addition, the owner of the property where the billboard stood has signed a deed covenant that will permanently ban any new billboard from being built at the site, and no existing billboards along the causeway can be enlarged or converted to digital.

In exchange, Richard and Deborah Levitt, the couple who successfully sued to take down the sign, won’t seek to make the company pay their outstanding legal bill, which exceeds $200,000.

“The Levitts are to be comendended for their courage and determination in seeing that this digital blight went away,” said Mary Tracy, president of Scenic America and a part-time resident of the Jersey Shore.  “All of us in the area are thankful for the Levitt’s willingness to take on this issue and emerging victorious.”