Content- Based Sign Law Ruled Invalid

Lawlor, James
August 2005
Planning;Aug/Sep2005, Vol. 71 Issue 8, p49
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the ruling given by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the case "LLC v. City of Neptune Beach." According to the ruling, a sign ordinance that exempts certain signs is unconstitutional. In 2003, Solantic, an emergency medical facility in Neptune Beach, Florida, installed an electronic sign with flashing and scrolling messages. The city cited the company for failing to get a permit and for violating the ordinance's ban on signs with "visible movement." The Neptune Beach ordinance exempts some signs based on the entity posting them or on their content, the court continued. For example, because the rule does not limit the display of holiday decorations, a homeowner could keep multicolored flashing lights up year round. But a political campaign sign can stay up for only 14 days.


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