Tavares, FL June 25, 2016
by FiscalRanger Vance Jochim
Already, election campaign season started, and two County Judge candidates, Cary Rada & Ben Boylston, or their uneducated supporters, placed signs in illegal places in Tavares and the signs were impounded and stashed behind the Tavares Police Dept. who act as code enforcement officials for the city. Typically, they either placed it on private property without permission, or they placed it in road right of ways which is a no-no.
Every two years, we have an election cycle and 60 days before a primary or general election vote, campaign signs popup all over Lake County.
And, every year, naive candidates or uneducated supporters place campaign signs that violate local city or County sign placement rules. Each city has their own rules, and some require deposits and then stamp the "approved" signs before placement.
One year I visited the Minneola City Hall and there must have been 100 impounded campaign signs as large as 8 feet in size stashed inside a room there. You have to know where each city and county code enforcement department stashes the impounded signs.
Typically, candidates can pickup their signs without a problem and place them in a LEGAL place.
Every year, just after an election, I pickup the impounded signs to get the wires for use in future campaigns.
So, candidates, be warned.