Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is getting some help from his pals in Washington, D.C., to help ground an aerial advertising firm that refuses to stop flying its banners over Oahu.

On Monday, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz sent out a press release saying the Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed in a letter that Honolulu’s ban on aerial advertising is still valid despite claims from Florida-based Aerial Banners North that the company has a waiver that supersedes the city ordinance.

US Sen. Brian Schatz's address to the Democratic Party convention in Honolulu

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz’s address to the Democratic Party convention in Honolulu.

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“One of the things that makes Hawaii beautiful is that we have well-thought out rules governing signage,” Schatz said in a statement. “This letter from the FAA makes it clear that the rogue company is violating our law and we expect and hope that this clarification will cause them to stop what they’re doing.”

The FAA’s interpretation is the same assurance the agency gave a couple weeks ago when the whole hubbub started playing out in the media.

In 2002, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that Honolulu’s ban is not preempted by federal law. The FAA confirmed to Schatz that the ruling is still followed by the agency today.

Whether the senator’s involvement will be enough to get the company to stop flaunting the law remains to be seen.

According to Schatz’s office, the company has ignored citations from the Honolulu Police Department for violating the city’s ordinance.

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