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Updated: 11/21/2013 08:00:00AM

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Many people have expressed a lack of knowledge when it comes to the Town of Lake Placid’s sign ordinance; not knowing what signs are permitted and which are not. Therefore, I would like to help by explaining our sign ordinance.

When officers pull a sign it is turned over to Code Enforcement. The Code Enforcement officer then issues a letter to the sign originator that reads: “This is a notice that there was a sign(s) placed in the City of Lake Placid without a permit. The sign(s) has been removed and is/are now being stored at the Lake Placid Police Department. The sign will be held for no more than 14 days. When the 14 days have passed, the signs will be discarded. The cost of the sign pick-up will be $10 if you want the sign back. If you do not want them back I will dispose of them and you will not need to pay the fee. Just note that this is a first notice and fines will be issued for the next occurrence.”

To help explain the sign ordinance, we’ll take a closer look at the law: 154-15.6. Prohibited signs and violations. The following signs are prohibited, constitute a violation of this Code, and shall not be permitted, erected or allowed by variance in the Town of Lake Placid, Florida:

• Signs on public rightofway — Signs placed on public rightofway or town property without approval of town council or authorized public agency.

• Temporary signs — Temporary signs, unless approved by the town.

• Garage sale signs — One garage sale sign on the parcel having the garage sale. The sign shall not exceed 4 square feet in area and no more than 4 feet in height. The sign may be erected the day before and the day of, but shall be removed within 24 hours of the sale’s end.

Those wishing to read and learn more about the Town of Lake Placid’s Municipal Codes can go to www. and follow the prompts to be directed to the Town of Lake Placid.

Also, anyone who may have questions can contact Code Enforcement Officer Heather Mulligan at 863-699-3757, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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