- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Rural residents of Harrison County will soon be seeing smaller political signs, in fewer locations and for shorter amounts of time.

The board of supervisors approved on Monday new rules for political signs in unincorporated areas. They took effect immediately.

The move was prompted by the increase in demand for outdoor political signs during election cycles.

“The Harrison County Board of Supervisors has determined that the proliferation of unlimited and unregulated political signs . create ugliness, tarnish the natural beauty of the landscape, substantially impinge upon the ambiance of the community and cause safety and traffic hazard to motorists, pedestrians and children,” the ordinance reads.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1AZNaTC ) the ordinance the locating of signs more than 90 days before an election and directs they must be removed within 30 days after an election.

Signs must also be on private property and more than 20 feet back from the street and must be outside a “safety triangle” formed by drawing lines 25 feet from a corner.

The ordinance limits the size of signs.

The change allows for political signs to be placed on public property up to one hour before polling opens and between 150 feet and 250 feet from polling locations. They must be removed one hour after voting closes.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com


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