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SCENIC TEXAS PRAISES TEXAS LEGISLATORS FOR SB 357 PASSAGE

Legislation Helps to Protect Public Space and Enhance Driver Safety Scenic Texas, the state’s only non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our state’s visual environment, particularly as seen by the traveling public, praises the 86th Texas Legislature for passing Senate Bill 357 (SB 357). “We are grateful to those Texas Legislators who […]

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SCENIC TEXAS HIRES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sarah Tober to Lead Non-Profit Dedicated to Preserving State’s Largest Public Space Scenic Texas, the only non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our state’s visual environment, particularly as seen by the traveling public, announced today that the Board of Directors hired Sarah Tober to be the Executive Director of Scenic Texas based […]

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URGENT — SCENIC TEXAS ACTION ALERT!

The Texas Department of Transportation is considering a short-sighted proposal that would double the maximum height of billboards in our state, raising the limit from 42.5 feet to 85 feet. This would erode Texas’ natural scenery and cause billboard blight to litter our state’s roadways. Fortunately, there is a bill in the Texas Legislature to […]

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13 Texas Cities Earn Prominent Scenic City Certification in 2018

13 Texas Cities Earn Prominent Scenic City Certification in 2018 Cities recognized for excellence in scenic standards. Total number of certified cities grows to 75   HOUSTON – July 10, 2018 – Today, 13 Texas cities have been recognized as 2018 Certified Scenic City award recipients through the Scenic City Certification Program, a project of […]

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URGENT — Scenic Texas Action Alert!!

Dear Scenic Texas Friends: URGENT PROBLEM: Every billboard along a federal highway in Texas is scheduled to double in height to 85 feet under TxDOT’s proposed rules.. UNLESS there is an overwhelming show of public support to keep billboards at their current height of 42.5 feet. And the TxDoT Commissioners are being flooded with billboard industry letters asking that they […]

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13 Texas Cities Earn Prominent Scenic City Certification in 2017

HOUSTON – August 8, 2017 – Today, 13 Texas municipalities have been awarded Scenic City Certification through the Scenic City Certification Program, a project of Scenic Texas. The Scenic City program supports and recognizes cities for commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces.  Five cities are now certified for the first […]

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Scenic Day in Austin – March 21st

We hope you will join us for a scenic gathering in Austin on March 21. In addition to learning about various scenic programs, pending legislation, and Scenic Austin activities, you will get to meet like-minded folks from the rest of the State. These face-to-face gatherings always help to inspire and invigorate us to continue our […]

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Appeals Court Guts the Texas Highway Beautification Act

On August 26th, the Austin Court of Appeals issued an opinion declaring that key sections of the Texas Highway Beautification Act (TxHBA) are unconstitutional.  As a result, TxDOT’s authority to regulate billboards is eliminated.  This decision (Auspro Enterprises v. Texas Department of Transportation) finds that the bulk of the TxHBA is unconstitutional because it violates […]

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Unexpected court ruling delivers setback to Texas Highway Beautification Act

Houston Chronicle – Opponents of billboards and other signs along Texas roadways reacted on Monday with dismay to an appeals court decision striking down significant portions of the Texas Highway Beautification Act, saying the ruling could lead to a litany of signs along federally funded highways. Read full story  

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23 Texas Cities Earn Prominent Scenic City Certification in 2016

Cities recognized for excellence in scenic standards, total number of certified cities grows to 66 HOUSTON – Twenty-three Texas municipalities have been awarded Scenic City Certification through the Scenic City Certification Program, a project of Scenic Texas. The Scenic City program supports and recognizes cities for commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public […]

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