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St. Pete's First Billboard Comes Down (PHOTOS)

Clear Channel removes the first of 83 static billboards, in exchange for permission to erect a half-dozen digital billboards.

The first of 83 old-fashioned billboards came down today in St. Petersburg, as the city allows for six electronic billboards to go up in their place.

Mayor Bill Foster was on hand as the first big sign came down, at the intersection of Central Ave. and 11th Street. Some consider the proliferation of billboards to clutter the urban landscape and welcome fewer gigantic ads around the city.

All of the static billboards on 4th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. St and most in the Grand Central District will be removed. Here are the future digital billboard locations:

  • I-275 and Gandy
  • I-275 and Gandy
  • I-275 and 13th Avenue N
  • I-275 and 22nd Street S *(Could be moved)* 
  • I-275 and 4th Avenue S
  • 175 and 12th Street S

The removal of the billboards is a popular decision among residents of St. Petersburg according to StPetePolls. Over the summer, the local polling outfit released survey results that showed 64 percent favored billboard removal.

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