Billboards And Trees
A battle over a row of trees on Archer Road has turned into a fight to keep a man's legacy alive this week.
Representatives from Clear Channel Communications, which owns billboards in Gainesville, said the trees block visibility to their boards. Florida statutes, along with results from a recent law suit, allow them the right to be visible, they said.
So far, the Florida Department of Transportation has had to remove two trees on 13th Street near N.W. 6th Ave. for the same reason.
The memorial trees on Archer Road may be relocated instead of being cut down. But the family of Jim McCrawley, who planted those trees, said that's not good enough.
"I think it's very important that we find another solution to the problem with the signs not being able to be seen and that the trees be left where they are," Mary Zinger said.
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