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160.283 RESORT INFORMATION SIGNS; PURPOSE.

Subdivision 1.Legislative findings.

It is hereby found and declared that the development and promotion of the tourist industry is important to the economic welfare of the state. It is further found that the control and regulation of outdoor advertising and the consequential removal of certain advertising devices has adversely affected many resorts though such regulation and control of outdoor advertising is in the general interest of the people and is necessary to conserve the natural beauty of areas adjacent to highways and roads of the state. The legislature finds that in order to alleviate hardships on the tourist industry caused by limitations imposed on the use of outdoor advertising along certain local highways and roads and to also conserve the natural beauty of areas adjacent to such local highways and roads, it is necessary that devices, directional in nature, be erected on certain local highways and roads as hereinafter provided for the purpose of guiding tourists and other travelers to their destination, and that such directional devices be standardized and the design therefor and distribution thereof be controlled by the Department of Transportation with the counties participating therein.

Subd. 2.Applicability.

The provisions of sections 160.283 to 160.285 only apply to directional devices or signs that may be erected pursuant to the provisions of sections 160.283 to 160.285 on those county state-aid highways, county highways and town roads within one-half mile of areas that have restrictions on the erection of advertising devices along or adjacent thereto imposed under the applicable provisions of chapter 173.

Subd. 3.Resort defined.

For the purposes of sections 160.283 to 160.285 the term "resort" shall be as defined in section 157.15 or a golf course, restaurant, or motel as defined in section 157.15 or recreational camping area as defined in section 327.14, subdivision 8.