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.