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Note to T-Town Tweeples: Billboard being built on tribal land, not in the city

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on May 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm with 3 Comments »
May 12, 2011 4:57 pm

Tacoma tweeples beware:  Reports on Twitter today that Clear Channel Outdoors may be building a new digital billboard in the city are mistaken.

A barrage of tweets from popular local blogger Tacoma Mama today questioned the city as to whether the billboard giant may be jumping the gun by building a new electronic sign before Tacoma has actually agreed to a controversial settlement.

The settlement now being considered would allow Clear Channel to swap its existing billboards for fewer digital ones in exchange for dropping a lawsuit against the city.

Tweets about the billboard today included the following:

@cityoftacoma I hear Clear Channel has begun construction on a digital billboard? How is that possible I thought they weren’t approved yet?

@cityoftacoma once they put them up they will have property rights attached and it will be a nightmare to try to regulate them. ???????????!

Word on the interwebs has one at 30th and East N street. I have not set my own eyes on it though, so unconfirmed.

But, after fielding the questions today, city spokesman Rob McNair-Huff confirmed this afternoon that the site where the new billboard is being built is actually outside city limits.

“(T)he new billboard being constructed at the corner of 28th Street and East N Street is indeed on tribal land,” McNair-Huff wrote in an email today.

As for the status of the billboards situation, the city’s Planning Commission is now preparing for the City Council its findings and recommendations about proposed changes to the city’s billboard regulations, said city land use staffer Shirley Schultz. The commission may discuss the issue at its May 18 meeting, with the council expected to take up the review later this month, she added.  A public hearing is set for July.

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  1. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    I for one do not do business with any company that uses tribal billboards.

    We can get rid of billboards if we all did this. Plus call the company headquarters and complain about their billboards. Boycott companies that use tribal billboards and the casions themselves.

  2. lovethemountains says:

    Matters not if the sign is inside city limits or outside city limits or whether or not it is on tribal land. It is still an eyesore. But, money is money in any case.

  3. tree_guy says:

    text of a 1970 Public Service Announcement featuring Native American Iron Eyes Cody:

    “some people have a deep abiding respect for the natural beauty that was once this country…and some people don’t”

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