White supremacist group puts up billboard in north Florida

The Associated Press, Apr. 4, 2003

A white supremacist organization has put up a billboard message in north Florida that urges the United States to cut ties with Israel and to stop immigration.

The National Alliance’s message and its Internet address went up last month on a highway four miles northwest of Old Town, about 100 miles southeast of Tallahassee. A few days after the message was posted, an e-mail from group listed the sign as an accomplishment.

Group officials did not return repeated calls by The Gainesville Sun. An alliance spokesman did not return a call early Thursday from The Associated Press.

The National Alliance was founded by white supremacist William Pierce, who died last year. According to its Web site, the alliance proposes an all-white, non-Jewish society.

The Florida Department of Transportation is responsible for regulating the structure of billboards, but not the content. Complaints about a billboard’s message must be directed to local officials or the company that owns the billboard, according to the state.

According to state records, Montgomery Ventures of Micanopy owns the billboard and has a current permit for it. A phone at Montgomery Ventures rang unanswered early Thursday.

State records show the company also has permits for about 50 other billboards, but state officials did not know if the National Alliance was also using any of the firm’s other billboards.

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