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Beachfront No Place For Flashing Billboards

Just how do you envision the front beach in the future? A lot of people have worked on this question over the last 18 months. Smart people with their head and hearts in the right place, committed to doing the right thing.

They have talked about rebuilding something better, not just replacing what we lost. They shared a vision of how our beach communities should be more inviting and attractive.

None of those visions of the coast include some of what is going up. The electronic billboards are bright and colorful, but we don't think they portray the scenic beauty that so many charrette designers embraced when they envisioned what south Mississippi could become.

We urge the city leaders to carefully consider where these signs should be permitted. We urge the billboard company to put our community's best interest before its short term profits.

When charrette designers pictured the intersection at Highway 90 and Highway 49, they sketched trees, parks, and outdoor cafes. A video picture selling commercial property was never in their plans.

We're not saying every aspect of the charrettes must be adopted. However, we are saying that cities need to rethink what their ordinances allow, and just say no to ideas not in the best interest of our community.

The beach front is no place for flashing billboards. If you live in Gulfport, call your city officials and let them know how you feel.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager

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