HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Most Hattiesburg businesses that want new digital billboards will now be able to have them, if they're willing to give up some of their old signs. The Hattiesburg City Council Tuesday afternoon approved an amendment to the land development code, which allows businesses to erect new digital signs.
The catch is, for every one digital sign they put up, they'll have to take down two static signs.
City Council members say the amended ordinance will help improve both the business climate and the overall appearance of the city.
"What we're doing is we're allowing this new technology to come in, but in doing so, we're improving the landscape in and around our roadways and our right-of-ways," said Dave Ware, Ward 4 councilman. "So, as we're seeing new digital billboards come in, we're going to see some of the old static boards going down," Ware said.
The council today also denied a request by Southern Recycling to build a scrap metal yard on Mixon St., off of the Highway 42 Bypass.