April 24th, 2012
Advertising signs on state trails an abomination; Scott should veto bill
Not everything should be put up for sale. Some should remain sacred, free of commercialism and visual pollution. A leisurely stroll on a nature trail through tall moss-dripping oaks should not be tainted with signs that advertise a chicken sandwich, a wide-screen television or a pillow-top mattress.
But that’s the intent of Senate Bill 268. The measures allows the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to sell sponsorships on state-owned greenways and trails.
While the legislation contains some limitations on sign placement and size, they still open the door to graphic blight in places where people hope to find tranquility and soak up the great outdoors. The governor should veto this desperate ploy for money.