Trillo’s campaign billboard battle heads to Narragansett court

By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

@Alana_Cerrone

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WLNE) – On a hot summer day, this billboard sure gets a lot of traffic at its spot right next to Scarborough beach in Narragansett. Gubernatorial candidate Joe Trillo’s sister lives there.

But unfortunately, it has to come down.

According to the town manager. it violates zoning, is too large, and is up too early – town law bans campaign signs until 60 days before an election.

Trillo says not only is the town being unreasonable, but also unconstitutional.

So he’s keeping the billboard up and meeting the town in municipal court next week. He says he’ll take this all the way to the Supreme Court if he has to.

He also questions whether the town is targeting his campaign specifically.

If a judge rules in the town’s favor, Trillo’s sister would be fined $500 for each day the sign was up beginning July 3, the day the town asked her to take it down.

Trillo’s hoping the case can result in a change in the law.

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