A proposed moratorium in Sussex County on off-premises billboards has drawn sharp opposition from the industry.
Council member George Cole told a public hearing yesterday morning that they were distracting noting there were other jurisdictions that banned them.
Cole said that the council was only looking to tighten restrictions.
But David Hutt, an attorney who represents most of those applying for a billboard, called the moratorium an extraordinary measure.
He said it stops current applicants in their tracks.