The digital billboard on the Margate Causeway, before it was taken down.

The Margate Causeway billboard will be gone by the first week of December, according to a demolition plan filed with Superior Court this month.

Jersey Outdoor Media’s contractor plans to begin dismantling and removing the LED billboard on or before Nov. 25, according to an Oct. 5 filing by the company’s attorney, Peter J. Boyer. He wrote the process should take about three days, and everything would be gone by the end of Dec. 4.

The billboard was built in late March 2012, startling residents in nearby Northfield by its brilliance. It operated for two months before legal challenges pulled the plug by June 2012.

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Superior Court Judge Julio J. Mendez ruled Aug. 23 that the Egg Harbor Township Planning Board’s authorization was void because it contradicted township ordinances. He ruled the approval came without two key variances from the township's Zoning Board, confused business and commercial zones, and ignored the clear intent of the relevant billboard ordinance.

Jersey Outdoor Media has pledged to appeal and in their filing asked Mendez to schedule a case-management conference to address remnant issues. The demolition plan was filed to meet Mendez’s early-October deadline.

Township officials have pledged to reform township sign ordinances, which Mendez’s ruling threw into uncertainty.

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