South Fla. Water Management District drops billboard plan

Water managers won’t be getting into the billboard business after all.

The South Florida Water Management District issued a brief statement on Tuesday stating that agency executives had decided to drop plans to erect 10 large electronic billboards on state-owned lands — a proposal approved by the Florida Legislature.

The Palm Beach Post last month reported connections between the district’s executive director, Melissa Meeker, and a company that won contracts for billboards, which the agency had dubbed “outdoor public information systems.’’

The statement said the district had decided to make the move following “extensive public input and opposition from our local government partners.’’

“Because of this feedback, the district has determined it is in the public’s best interests to reject all current bids and will not accept other solicitations at this time,’’ the statement said.

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