Since election season started, campaign sign violations have been rampant. Candidates who should know better are the biggest perpetrators. Section 24-147.2(D), Political Signs, of the North Miami Beach Code of Ordinances is very specific about the sizes of campaign signs, how many and where they may be posted, when they are allowed to be installed and when they must be removed, as well as the penalty for violating the Ordinance.
Not mentioned in the campaign sign Ordinance is the equally heinous crime of sign destruction and sign theft. Although there are actual laws on the books for these types of crimes, it’s almost impossible to catch the perpetrators in the act. They usually do their dirty work late into the night when there’s little chance of getting caught.
But there is something even more insidious at play here. The problem goes much, much deeper. While it’s commonly believed that marijuana is the gateway drug to heroin, it’s a little known fact that violating campaign sign laws is just the beginning.
If you’re still on the fence about which candidate deserves your vote, keep in mind that the individuals who think nothing of violating the sign laws are the same ones who will continue their lawless ways once they are in power. They may start out small by violating minor ordinances, but eventually they’ll get more and more brazen. If they suffer no consequences for their actions and get elected anyway, they start believing they’re above the law.
Today’s campaign sign citation will most likely become tomorrow’s grand theft in the third degree arrest!
It’s a natural progression.
But, folks, the good news is that you have the power to do a great public service.
Only you can help prevent aspiring politicians from turning to a life of crime.
You can help them see the error of their ways by NOT VOTING FOR THEM!
After all, knowledge is power!
Please also note that the destruction of property – including a campaign sign – IS A CRIME!
Take a look at whose signs have been destroyed.
I’m reminded of the campaign made famous by North Miami Councilwoman Carol Keys when she ran against an incumbent mayor whose supporters destroyed her signs.
If your answer is “NO!” then you must VOTE OUT FRANTZ PIERRE AND PHYLLIS SMITH!
“Spreading the Wealth”