ATLANTIC CITY (AP) — A sign that's welcomed motorists to Atlantic City for years has been taken down after officials found it didn't have the proper permit to be there.

Highway sign on the Atlantic City Expressway that was removed as seen in 2013 (Google Street View)

The Press of Atlantic City reports the sign was removed Tuesday.

Officials say it will be a setback for tourism in the city. But South Jersey Transportation Authority Deputy Executive Director Sharon Gordon says the sign could be restored as long as it meets regulations.

The landmark sign hung on an overpass above the Atlantic City Expressway on the outskirts of the city. It was visible to motorists heading toward the city.

The sign took on several iterations throughout its existence, reflecting the city's evolving tourism campaigns.

It's unclear who's to blame for not getting the permit.

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