Campaign sign violations are nothing new in North Miami Beach. Every election season, you can count on candidates simply ignoring sign laws and ordinances because, frankly, there are no consequences for not complying.
Unfortunately, no one gets bonus points for doing the right thing.
Candidates who do comply with signage laws are naturally at a disadvantage when their opponents run amok with signs. Whether it be asking for permission to post signs or not exceeding the maximum size, height, or number of signs permitted, there is no reward for following the rules.
Seasoned politicians know that by the time the city, county or state gets around to citing them for signage violations, the election is usually over and the signs are long gone. In North Miami Beach, for example, oversize signs on residential property is against city ordinance.
However, the only thing code enforcement officers can do is cite the owner, who has thirty days to cure the violation or pay a fine. By the time the owner has to take the sign down, the election is over.
Florida Statute 106.1435(3) states: “Pursuant to chapter 479, no political campaign advertisements shall be erected, posted, painted, tacked, nailed, or otherwise displayed, placed, or located on or above any state or county road right-of-way.”
Obviously, certain candidates don’t give a damn about obeying state laws.
But Paule Villard is campaigning on her “experience” as a “law enforcement officer,” where she boasts on her Facebook page, “Crime prevention is what I believe in.”
She could start preventing crime by obeying the law, no?
Then again, this is a former police officer who had trouble complying with Departmental Orders and Departmental Rules and Regulations.
Obviously, taste doesn’t matter, either.
They really mean, “Woody takes care of his own Hummers.”
Okay, kidding again.
It really says, “I LIE!”
Would I lie to you?
The only way to let candidates know that we won’t put up with all their violations, lies and deceptions is to VOTE FOR THEIR OPPONENTS!
That would be the most effective consequence of all.
“Spreading the Wealth”