Saturday, April 23, 2016

SAB to Stop Violating First Amendment on Sign Ordinance

PREDICTION: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 6 PM, the City of St. Augustine Beach Board of City Commissioners will finally follow my suggestion of circa 2012, and stop enforcing an illegal ordinance that restricts your rights under the First Amendment and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
The Supreme Court has ruled in Reed v. Town of Gilbert that governments must treat signs equally.
No more limiting the size of political signs.
No more limiting political signs to a few weeks.
These rules favor incumbents.
They were unconstitutional when adopted.
 They are unconstitutional now.
And as I told City Commissioners last month, I would not want my friend Robert Kahler to be arrested for a Bernie Sanders sign on his lawn.

 RESOLUTION 16-04: A resolution of the City Commission of the City of St. Augustine Beach, Florida, stating its intention to comply with the Supreme Court’s opinion in the case of Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Ariz., - U.S. -, 135 S. Ct. 2218, 2221, 192 L. Ed. 2d 236 (2015) and suspending enforcement of all regulations governing temporary non-commercial speech as those regulations relate to the City’s sign code. 

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