Maitland could allow billboards along I-4

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MAITLAND, Fla. - A billboard ordinance in Maitland that's been on the books for 75 years could soon be changed.

The city council recently voted 3-2 to continue a discussion on allowing billboards along Interstate 4 in the city.

Maitland currently doesn't have any billboards along that stretch of I-4.

A resident came before the council asking to put up a billboard to advertise for businesses and other community events.

Channel 9 talked to residents and a city councilman who is opposed to the change.

"They feel it would be a detriment to their living standards in that area of Maitland," said City Councilman John Lowndes.

"The billboards will bring the value of my house down, I do believe," said Maitland resident Betty Stokes.

The city would get a few hundred dollars in tax money from the billboards.

City council members will hear from the public on the issue at a May 13 meeting.