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Idiotic Florida sign rule

Posted by on Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM
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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/05/florida-city-orders-residents-to-remove-god-bless-america-signs/

Residents of a Florida city who have had "God Bless America" signs posted on their front lawns for months have been ordered by local officials to remove them.

MyFoxTampaBay.com reports that the First Baptist Church of Bartow distributed some 300 signs to residents following a Fourth of July celebration. The city only permits residents to display signs during major holidays is starting to crack down on the displays.

"Being a veteran, I felt like I was just kicked in the gut. I couldn't believe it, that I couldn't display my love for my nation by putting a sign up that says "God Bless America," Bartow resident Marcus Seger told the station.

The city's code enforcement division recently notified offending residents that its temporary sign ordinance has been in place for 13 years and already allows for some exceptions for yard displays.

"They can have those signs out on holidays that are relevant," ," Bartow Code Enforcement Director Gregg Lamb said. "You can have a temporary sign around Christmas if it's related to Christmas. Or the 4th of July. The sign ordinance has exceptions for that."

Some Bartow residents disagree with the ordinance and have no plans to comply with the city's request. "This is my yard that I'm paying the taxes on. It's my right," Emmett Purvis, an area resident with a sign, told MyFoxTampaBay.com. 

Several residents are expected to seek a waiver from the ordinance at an upcoming Bartow City Commission meeting. The city's code enforcement division does not enforce fines or penalties for non-compliance, according to the report.

City Manager George Long released a statement late Friday reminding residents that code enforcement officers are targeting all types of signs, regardless of the message.

"It is clear that some recipients of the notices have interpreted them as an indication that their message of 'God Bless America' is in violation of city code. This interpretation is not the case or the intent of the city. Instead, the issue is and remains the sign type – not the message," Long said. 

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momtoscott
by Platinum Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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If they want to keep the signs up, they should work to change the regulation.  Certainly the town must have a procedure to do that.   Alternatively, I suppose they could argue that the Fourth of July signs are not so much seasonal as a general sentiment and keep them up on that ground, but I would favor a solution that applied to all signs equally.    

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Oct. 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM

I would fight that daily.  Its a stupid invasion rule. Assholes

quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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I fail to see the issue. Its a city ordinance about signs in general.
lga1965
by on Oct. 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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 Personally, I think it looks cheesy and overdone ( and it says "Look what a good person I am ") to have religious signs in a yard , especially "God bless America". I object to any signs in yards. I really got tired of all the campaign signs in yards in the past several election years,too.

They can figure this out for themsleves. I really don't care about Florida's problems.

justinnaimee
by Bronze Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM
People overreact so badly. If you're not following a rule you can't cry when you're told to start following it. If you don't like an ordinance get a petition going and try to change it. That's the beauty of our country. We all (are supposed to) have a voice to be able change what we don't agree with.
Debmomto2girls
by Platinum Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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This.  Get a petition and try to change the ordinance. Seems like some people just want their 15 minutes of fame here. I mean this is really pitiful to get upset about.

Quoting quickbooksworm:

I fail to see the issue. Its a city ordinance about signs in general.


Della529
by Matlock on Oct. 5, 2013 at 10:18 AM

 This

Quoting quickbooksworm:

I fail to see the issue. Its a city ordinance about signs in general.

 

lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 10:21 AM

If they didn't like the ordinance they should have fought it when it first implemented...or not moved there if it was already in place when the bought their house.


quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 10:28 AM
If it were really important to me I'd get it on a flag. I'm pretty sure the ordinance was put in place because of political signs hut there are ways around that.


Quoting Debmomto2girls:

This.  Get a petition and try to change the ordinance. Seems like some people just want their 15 minutes of fame here. I mean this is really pitiful to get upset about.

Quoting quickbooksworm:

I fail to see the issue. Its a city ordinance about signs in general.



idunno1234
by Silver Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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 Invasion rule?  I'm not sure what that is.

Lots of towns have ordinances similar to this.  Think about it, where would you draw the line?  God Bless America is deemed okay....then what about someone posting Satan Bless America or whatever...?

Just because people feel their particular sentiment is special doesn't mean it excuses them from breaking the ordinance.


Quoting numbr1wmn:

I would fight that daily.  Its a stupid invasion rule. Assholes


 

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