I forgot one bonus from Katrina
Scores and scores of billboards were destroyed by hurricane Katrina. It’s been great not having these huge, ugly, garishly-coloured, grammatically aful advertisements!
Sadly, yesterday I noticed several of the casino-owned billboards north of I-10 on highway 49 have begun to sprout new adverts. I couldn’t tell you what they say becuase I treat them the same way I do adverts on web sites – I ignore them!
I also noticed yesterday that at least one of the huge iron and scteel billboard frames that was knocked down was being replaced in Gulfport.
I sincerely hope these things are banned as part of the suggested swathe of new zoning abnd building codes. They are ugly and they destroy what could be beautiful views all over the country. At the very least they should be banned in places like Gulfport and Biloxi.
Besides – I am sure that a significant percentage of the building damage that occured as Katrina scoured her way through the coastal towns and northwards was caused by debris torn from the billboards! I saw several buildings badly damaged by huge billboard columns that had fallen onto them…