From: Victor May Mayor candidate, town of Surfside                                                                                                                                             [mailto:[email protected]
                                                                                                                    Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 8:52 PM
                                                                                                                    To: Sandra Novoa
                                                                                                                    Subject: Request from Mr. Gram, Alan, chief enforcement officer









Good morning Ms. Novoa,
Dear Mr. Alan Graham,

Could you give me directions where I can install my Elections Posters as Barry Cohen, a commissioner, please?

Appreciate your business,
Victor May

Good morning Mr. May,

The Town Code does not allow temporary signs to be placed on fences. Political signs are considered as temporary signs.

Code compliance officer

Alan Graham


Dear Mr. Graham,

January 21, 2018 I sent you a letter asking directions where I can install my Elections Posters. In response you copy pasted  provisions from the Town Code Section 90-74. Temporary Signs.

There are other provisions which regulate signs code compliance.

Could you, please, 
1. name the violation
2. return all removed posters back and 
3. obey the Law?

The reasons why I am insisting on it are below.

1. My political signs  Political sign: Any sign which indicates the name, cause or affiliation of anyone seeking public office or which references a ballot issue. Sec. 90-69. - Definitions. 
are in compliance of  

Sec. 90-70. - Sign permits. 
(b) Exempt signs. The following signs are allowed and exempt from permit requirements:
(6) All temporary signs as provided in section 90-74. 
(b) Political sign.
Sec. 90-71. - Sign design and appearance. 
Sec. 90-75. - Prohibited signs. 
Sec. 90-76.1. - Non-conforming signs
Sec. 90-76.2. - Non-complying signs.
Sec. 90-76. - Prohibited sign locations. 
Except as otherwise permitted by Code no temporary, permanent, or exempt sign shall be permissible in the following locations: 

(f) Signs placed without the express permission of the property owner or agent.

2. If a code compliance officer finds the installation of political signs is not in compliance there must be a legal procedure before removing it.  

Sec. 18-Signs placed without the express permission of the property owner or agent.84. - Notice of violation.
 (a) Code compliance officers shall issue 24-hour warning notices for all non-life safety violations of this division.
3. In the notice the code compliance officer must quote the paragraph, provision, section number of the purportedly violation in order the violator may have a right either to comply her/his action with the code and remove it or to appeal to a court of competent jurisdiction by petition for writ of certiorari.
4. If any dispute is present between a resident and the  government it should be in favor of the citizen until court judgement. Otherwise it is dictatorship.
Appreciate your business,
Victor May
Mayor candidate of Surfside


Hello Mr. May.  The Town Manager has interpreted Sec. 90-76 to include signs affixed to fences and walls, especially on vacant lots.

Sec. 90-76. - Prohibited sign locations

(d) No sign of any type shall be suspended across any vacant lot, unoccupied building or temporary structure nor shall any sign of any description be stenciled, written, painted, posted, printed, nailed or otherwise affixed to any vacant lot, unoccupied building or to any temporary structure within the town except as otherwise permitted by Code.

(e) Except as otherwise authorized by the town manager or designee, no sign of any type shall be suspended across any public street, right-of-way, sidewalk, easement, alley or waterway; nor shall any sign of any description be stenciled, written, painted, posted, printed, nailed or otherwise affixed to any curb, sidewalk, tree, light standard, utility pole, hydrant, traffic signal device, street sign and its pole, bridge, wall, or any other structure, which is within the property lines of any street, right-of-way, easement, alley, waterway or other public property within the town.

(f) Signs placed without the express permission of the property owner or agent.



Dear Sir,

I don't want to dispute anymore. 

Provide me a written notice, stating that the sign is illegal and must be permanently removed from the right-of-way within the 10-day period specified on the posted notice and that the owner has a right to request a hearing, which request must be filed with the department within 30 days after the date of the notice. Attach evidence, photos, complaints, reports etc. 

If you have complaints from homeowners, could you please attach them too. I've got an express permission from them when mounting my posters on the lawns, on fences etc. All of us are fed up with the government and the Mayor. I wish I have more posters to prove it.

F.S. 479.16 Signs for which permits are not required.
(1) (d) Political campaign messages,
(14) Signs relating exclusively to political campaigns.
(16) (e) Not located within the road right-of-way.
Right-of-way Definition. Right-of-way is an easement for public travel.

Political signs are permitted by Code of Surfside and don't need a permit from town. 
Sec. 90-70. - Sign permits. 
(b) Exempt signs. The following signs are allowed and exempt from permit requirements:
(6) All temporary signs as provided in section 90-74. 
Section 90-74 (b) Political sign.
As a reminder.
F.S. 479.21 Willfully or maliciously removing, destroying, damaging, or altering permitted signs; penalty.—Any person who willfully or maliciously removes, damages, destroys, tampers with, or alters in any way a sign for which a permit has been issued under this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Best wishes,

Victor
  

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