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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Ocala removes over 200 snipe signs throughout city

The City of Ocala’s Code Enforcement Officers collected over 200 snipe signs last week in an effort to combat litter and blight.

On Thursday, January 26, the officers traveled throughout the city and collected a total of 208 snipe signs (yard signs) in a four-hour span.

Ocala removes over 200 ‘snipe signs throughout city
Ocala’s code enforcement officers removed 208 yard signs in a four-hour span on January 26, 2023 (Photo: City of Ocala)

“It is a misconception that temporary yard signs are allowed in the city to advertise events or specials,” stated the city in a social media post. “These signs are considered litter because they litter busy populated streets and intersections.”

Section 54-7 (b)2 of Ocala’s Code of Ordinances states that “it is unlawful for any person to throw, discard, place or deposit litter in any manner or amount on any portion of the right-of-way.”

These signs are often placed in the right-of-way after hours, which makes it difficult to identify the individuals who are responsible, according to the city. Since the violators are often unseen, code enforcement officers promptly remove and dispose of the signs upon discovery.

The City of Ocala encourages anyone with questions regarding code violations, or those wanting to report a code violation, to call 352-629-8309 or visit the City of Ocala’s website.