City of Melbourne Looking To Eliminate Snipe Signs Popping Up Around The Area

By  //  July 17, 2018

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"Snipe signs are illegal in the City of Melbourne.."

City officials describe a snipe sign like a “Junk Cars” sign attached to a utility pole, tree, fence post or any similar object on public or private property. (City of Melbourne Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The City of Melbourne is asking for the public’s help in eliminating the blight of illegal snipe signs.

City officials describe a snipe sign like a “Junk Cars” sign attached to a utility pole, tree, fence post or any similar object on public or private property.

“Snipe signs are illegal in the City of Melbourne primarily for safety reasons,” said Officer Cheryl Mall.

“They are visually distracting– especially when they are posted on stop or other traffic signs. They are also a hazard during a hurricane or strong storm and are a form of litter that blights roadways and neighborhoods.”

Code enforcement officials remove snipe signs whenever they see them. However, often as early as the next day many more are put in their place.

In order to put a stop to this illegal behavior, code officials need to know who is placing the signs so that they can contact that person and begin the compliance process.

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Calling the number on the signs rarely works – those answering the calls usually will not admit to placing the signs and will not give their name or business address.

“Whenever code officials see someone actually posting a sign, they immediately address the person. But the city’s team of code officials cannot be at every intersection 24 hours a day,” said Mall.

Therefore, officials are asking the public to help in the effort.

If you see someone posting a sign like the image shown above, officials ask you to send a photo of the person, the person’s car and if possible the license plate to City’s Code Enforcement Division at Code.Compliance@mlbfl.org

Code enforcement officials will then use that information to contact the person who is placing the illegal signs and inform him or her that the placement of snipe signs is illegal.

“Code enforcement always begins with an effort to educate and bring people into voluntary compliance. If they don’t comply, then further action will be taken, including fines and Code Enforcement Board action.”

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