Stop illegally placed campaign signs!

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  1. WileCoyote

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    Well it is officially the start of the political sign bloom period. Each candidate that files for office is given a sheet concerning the placement of their political sign. They sign a document that states that they have received and understand the limitations.

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    We live in a unique area that we are all proud of. The visual appearance of our highways and by-ways is a key component of out tourism industry. A tremendous debate on the "Ugly Blue Signs" has been playing out in our community as of late.

    You can legally help in keeping our area cleaner. The bloom that is just beginning is controllable - you can stop the bloom.

    I travel the roads of our county on a daily basis and enjoy removing these ilegally placed signs from our area. I am doing my part to eliminate the bloom. I never touch a "legally placed" sign, never remove one when it is placed in a persons yard or outside the public right-of-way.

    Help me stop the bloom - remove these sign when you see them placed in illegal locations. They cost a candidate around $4.00 a piece. I have quite a collection already.

    The Coyote is simply trying to keep our area as pleasing as possible.

    Whenever you see one - "NO MATTER THE CANDIDATE" - stop and start your own collection.
     
  2. scooterbug44

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    Re: Stop The Bloom !

    If you post the rules for sign placement, I may start a collection as well! :clap:
     
  3. Matt J

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    Re: Stop The Bloom !

    I will gladly start a bouquet myself. Please post the rules. Although I'm pretty sure that public lands (i.e. public right of way) are off limits.
     
  4. hnooe

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    Any specifics on actual permissible locations for these dismal signs, i.e., what/where is the public right of way exactly? I assume the ardent supporters are just placing them wherever they feel, without the canidate neccessarily even knowing where they are being placed?
     
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  5. WileCoyote

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    Re: Stop The Bloom !

    I can't see through the highlighting. Am I doing something wrong?
     
  7. WileCoyote

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    Re: Stop The Bloom !

    They look fine on my system. I will redo them without the highlighting.
     
  8. wrobert

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    Re: Stop The Bloom !

    Curious, not because I am a candidate, Vote Robert Nelson for School Board District 1, but because the letter here seems to be in direct conflict with the interpretation of the Constitution of the United States of America, http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/speech/personal/topic.aspx?topic=yard_signs

    If someone knows where, please post the exact code in the LDC that requires political signs to be removed from private property within 15 days. I am feel a point in need of being made may very well present itself after August 26th.
     
  9. JustaLocal

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    My bad - I updated my Adobe Reader and all is well. Sorry about that.
     
  10. WileCoyote

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    Re: Stop The Bloom !

    Please look in Chapter VII - Signs - 7.01.00 line F

    and I quote

    "Temporary political signs announcing a campaign drive or event,provided such signs are removed within 15 days following the campaign drive or event."

    It appears that you do not have to get a permit for a temporary sign, but it has provisions - down in 15 days. I quess you could get a permit.

    If it is in the ROW it want last anylonger than the time it takes for me to pass it, slow down, pull off the road and throw it it my trunk.

    Walton County LDC: October 2007 Edition page 141 of 344
     
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  11. rapunzel

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    And for goodness sake, do an attractive sign. Get a local graphic artist to do something eye-catching, with a logo, and place them respectfully. Use of yellow is almost an automatic disqualification for consideration.

    I've actually voted against people for showing a lack of taste in font, color, or obscene quantity.
     
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    And what office are you running for, Wile Coyote?;-)

    All the signs I saw in opposition of the recent Amendment 1 had such poor design that they appeared to actually say "Vote No. 1" The 'on' between the No and 1 was nearly invisible.
     
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    I propose all candidates submit their prospective designs on SoWal for approval. It's like a great big free focus group...
     
  14. WileCoyote

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    Well our friend Charlie Burke qualified for the District 5 slot, and he will definitely be unbeatable. I quess that leaves me out of that race. The Sheriff's race is crowded already, wrobert is running for the school board and I definitely couldn't beat him.

    Hmm - How about Supt. of Education ?

    ;-)
     
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    What would I do with the 1000 I just bought if you did not like them?
     
  16. Smiling JOe

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    Donate them to the TDC. Surely they look better than the blue signs.
     
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    Well I did use a darker blue.
     
  18. Nuts

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    Is that illegally placed sign for a candidate that is seeking the office of the top law enforcement official in Walton County?
     
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    What did they cost you?
     
  20. John R

    John R needs to get out more

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    Re: Stop The Bloom !

    is there any meat behind this ordinance? there's been a sheriff's campaign sine on 395 since the last election.
     

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