Typically in this article, I talk about crime related themes, or crime prevention. Believe it or not, there IS a method to my madness. This week, however, I want to touch on something that is becoming more of a nuisance — and it IS illegal, placing signs on the rights-of-way or on poles.
The City of Bartow’s code enforcement officers handle complaints from the public about this type of crime. Yes, speaking specifically, it could be a crime under our ordinances. If these signs are placed on utility poles, city signs, streets or rights-of-way, not only is it in violation of the City of Bartow’s land development restrictions, it is considered as littering. There are limitations on when and where signs can be placed in the City of Bartow.
Section 4.05.00(E)(N)(0) of the Land Development Code regulates the signs and their uses that our city commission has agreed upon. Limitations are very important to prevent the streets from creating litter that must be cleaned up by the City. This equates to cost for those of us who pay taxes in the city. So please, in the future, if you are intending on placing signage, don’t put it on the right-of-way, a street, pole, or sign. You could find yourself talking to a police officer about the violation. If you have concerns or questions, do not hesitate to contact our Code Enforcement Office at 863-534-0100, or the Bartow Police Department at 863-534-5034.