Perhaps the most effective way to combat billboard issues, is to ban the construction of new billboards, thus reducing the number of billboards as some are removed for development or other reasons. Scenic America estimates the nationwide total of cities and communities prohibiting or restricting the construction of new billboards to be at least 1500. Four states ban all billboards: Hawaii, Maine, Alaska, and Vermont. These states depend on tourism and have recognized that sign control helps attract tourists’ dollars and benefits the local economy.
Tell your city councilman or councilwoman that billboard control is good for business. Urge your community and business leaders to develop and use official signage areas and logo signs for local businesses. Join with responsible businesses to avoid using billboard advertising. Develop positive working relationships with billboard companies to build and maintain billboards that are friendly to neighborhoods and contribute to the overall welfare of the community.