Signs are visual nuisance

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Whatever happened to the law that prevented people and businesses from posting signs and advertisements all over the rights-of-way and telephone poles? That law must have been done away with, because Augusta looks like the Myrtle Beach, S.C., strip.

There are piles of signs on every corner and pole in this town. No part of this town seems exempt, from the Hill to every neighborhood corner. If I had to sell my house in a hurry, I would have a lot of leads. There must be 50 different “We Buy Houses” operations working this town. And I can apparently make $3,420 from my tax return (that is, if I am single, have a kid and earn very little money). Also, Masters Tournament tickets, anyone?

I have businesses to run myself. I’d like to post ads all over the place, too. I’m sure it works! Who doesn’t want free advertising? The problem is that I think it is illegal – but that doesn’t seem to matter anymore, because every business, big and small, is sticking a sign right out in front of mine. It truly has become a problem.

Is there no revenue for the city to make off of this offense? Seems easy enough to me. There’s a phone number on every one of those signs. Sounds to me like there is more money in this than in speeding tickets. Maybe the beat police should be taking phone numbers instead.

Or perhaps I’ll start a sign company. There has got to be money in this for somebody besides the people sticking signs in every patch of dirt.

Bart O’Quinn


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corgimom 01/30/14 - 12:37 am
A whole lot of those signs

A whole lot of those signs are phishing scams for identity theft and other crimes, like phony tax returns.

Anybody that calls those numbers have rocks in their heads. Nobody reputable puts signs on telephone poles and by the side of the road.

grinder48 01/30/14 - 09:38 am
Agree Completely

Those signs are illegal. Recently there were over 10 hand drawn magic marker signs at corner of Highland Ave and Wrightsoro Rd. ARC Code Enforcement is responsible for enforecement. Call them directly (I can't look up # for you b/c ARC website malfunctioning [what a shock!]) AND report to "Augusta Cares" at phone 311 or (706) 821-2300 AND contact your commissioner. Don't expect good service. These signs have phone number on them so why don't the enforcement people contact them and fine bedoodle out of them?!

GodisSoGood 01/30/14 - 06:04 pm
Move to Columbia County

They take the signs down in Columbia County. Richmond County needs to add a code enforcement department if it doesn't already have one.

bubbasauce 02/01/14 - 03:37 am
Well Bart I would guess

Well Bart I would guess you're a bit upset over other people putting their signs on a poll or anywhere. Damn I wish that's all I had to worry about!

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