Ever wish you didn’t have to see advertisements when driving on Highway 101? Nearly 50 billboards are forced upon us as we travel between the Santa Margarita and Avila Beach exits.
On Tuesday morning, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will decide priorities for the Planning and Building Department. The citizen’s group Protect Scenic 101 has proposed that the department pursue Scenic Highway Designation. This designation would enhance grant eligibility for billboard elimination and more.
Other Central Coast counties competing for tourism — Monterey, Santa Barbara and Ventura — have eliminated all or most of their billboards. So some of their ads end up on San Luis Obispo County billboards! Not only is the neighboring counties’ tourism enhanced by uncluttered scenery, but ours is diminished all the more. Our county has opportunities to eliminate billboards.
Please come and add your input to the board’s decision: Board of Supervisors Chambers, Monterey and Santa Rosa streets; Tuesday, Oct. 13, approximately 10 a.m. (Item 5 on the agenda), or email the supervisors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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