at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on June 6, 2006
Snipe signs are a typical classification of prohibited signs.
They are variously defined in sign ordinances throughout the state.
The definitions listed below are representative.
Snipe sign. Any sign of any size, made of any material, including paper, cardboard, wood and metal, when such sign is tacked, nailed, posted, pasted, glued, or otherwise attached to trees, poles, fences or other objects, and the advertising matter appearing thereon is not applicable to the premises upon which
said sign is located. [Section 24-6, Town of Lake Park Ordinance Code.]
Palm Beach County Land Development Code. ARTICLE 8, CHAPTER C, PROHIBITIONS
The following prohibitions apply to all signs and structures
SECTION 14, SNIPE SIGNS All off-site signs, tacked, nailed, posted, pasted, glued, or otherwise attached
to trees, poles, stakes, fences, trailers, or other supporting structures, except
where otherwise stated for in this Article.
Snipe signs in bloom in Palm Beach County.....
And then you have the illegal use of right of way.....
337.406 Unlawful use of state transportation facility right-of-way; penalties.--
(1) Except when leased as provided in s. 337.25(5) or otherwise authorized by the rules of the department,
it is unlawful to make any use of the right-of-way of any state transportation facility,
including appendages thereto, outside of an incorporated municipality in any manner that interferes
with the safe and efficient movement of people and property from place to place on the transportation facility.
Failure to prohibit the use of right-of-way in this manner will endanger the health, safety, and general welfare
of the public by causing distractions to motorists, unsafe pedestrian movement within travel lanes, sudden stoppage
or slowdown of traffic, rapid lane changing and other dangerous traffic movement, increased vehicular accidents,
and motorist injuries and fatalities.
Such prohibited uses include, but are not limited to, the free distribution or sale, or display or solicitation
for free distribution or sale, of any merchandise, goods, property or services; the solicitation for charitable
purposes; the servicing or repairing of any vehicle, except the rendering of emergency service; the storage of vehicles
being serviced or repaired on abutting property or elsewhere; and the display of advertising of any sort,
except that any portion of a state transportation facility may be used for an art festival, parade, fair, or other
special event if permitted by the appropriate local governmental entity.
Local government entities may issue permits of limited duration for the temporary use of the right-of-way
of a state transportation facility for any of these prohibited uses if it is determined that the use will not interfere
with the safe and efficient movement of traffic and the use will cause no danger to the public.
The permitting authority granted in this subsection shall be exercised by the municipality within incorporated
municipalities and by the county outside an incorporated municipality. Before a road on the State Highway System
may be temporarily closed for a special event, the local governmental entity which permits the special event to take
place must determine that the temporary closure of the road is necessary and must obtain the prior written approval
for the temporary road closure from the department. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to authorize such
activities on any limited access highway. Local governmental entities may, within their respective jurisdictions,
initiate enforcement action by the appropriate code enforcement authority or law enforcement authority for a violation
of this section.
(2) Persons holding valid peddlers' licenses issued by appropriate governmental entities may make sales from vehicles
standing on the right-of-way to occupants of abutting property only.
(3) The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and other law enforcement agencies are authorized
and directed to enforce this statute.
(4) The violation of any provision of this section or any rule promulgated by the department pursuant to this section
constitutes a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083,
and each day a violation continues to exist constitutes a separate offense.History.--s. 1, ch. 73-188; s. 1, ch. 79-30; s. 206, ch. 81-259; s. 168, ch. 84-309; s. 3, ch. 86-37; s. 3, ch. 87-266; s. 25, ch. 88-168; s. 9, ch. 90-227; s. 43, ch. 95-257; s. 10, ch. 2005-281.
Note.--Former s. 339.301.
Let's not forget the thousands of illegally placed Political Signs..
Political signs are NOT exempt from most laws that apply to other illegally placed signs.
Election Laws are also violated when Political Signs are illegally placed in the right of way.
102.091 Duty of sheriff to watch for violations; appointment of special officers.
shall exercise strict vigilance in the detection of any violations of the election laws and in
apprehending the violators. The Governor may appoint special officers to investigate alleged
violations of the election laws, when it is deemed necessary to see that violators of the election
laws are apprehended and punished.
History.--s. 6, ch. 26870, 1951; s. 3, ch. 65-129.
106.1435 Usage and removal of political campaign advertisements. --
(1) Each candidate, whether for a federal, state, county, or district office, shall make a good faith
effort to remove all of his or her political campaign advertisements within 30 days after:
(a) Withdrawal of his or her candidacy;
(b) Having been eliminated as a candidate; or
(c) Being elected to office.
However, a candidate is not expected to remove those political campaign advertisements which
are in the form of signs used by an outdoor advertising business as provided in chapter 479. The
provisions herein do not apply to political campaign advertisements placed on motor vehicles or
to campaign messages designed to be worn by persons.
(2) If political campaign advertisements are not removed within the specified period, the political
subdivision or governmental entity has the authority to remove such advertisements and may
charge the candidate the actual cost for such removal. Funds collected for removing such
advertisements shall be deposited to the general revenue of the political subdivision.
(3) Pursuant to chapter 479, no political campaign advertisements shall be erected,
posted, painted, tacked, nailed, or otherwise displayed, placed, or located on or above any
state or county road right-of-way.
(4) The officer before whom a candidate qualifies for office shall notify the candidate, in writing,
of the provisions in this section.
(5) This provision does not preclude municipalities from imposing additional or more stringent
requirements on the usage and removal of political campaign advertisements.
History.--s. 1, ch. 84-221; s. 20, ch. 84-302; s. 14, ch. 87-224; s. 647, ch. 95-147.
WPBF Sign Saga August 15, 2006
Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty made it VERY CLEAR what Palm Beach County's
policy is in regards to illegally placed Campaign signs in the right-of-ways and on public property.
Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Meeting September 12, 2006