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City Asks for Public’s Help in Eliminating Snipe Sign Blight

Post Date:07/17/2018 9:00 AM

The City of Melbourne is asking for the public’s help in eliminating the blight of illegal snipe signs. 

A snipe sign is any sign like this “Junk Cars” sign that is attached to a utility pole, tree, fence post or any similar object on public or private property. 

Close up photo of a snipe sign attached to a traffic sign.

Snipe signs are illegal in the City of Melbourne primarily for safety reasons. They are visually distracting — especially when they are posted on stop or other traffic signs. They are a hazard during a hurricane or strong storm, and they area also are a form of litter that blights roadways and neighborhoods. 

Code enforcement officials remove snipe signs whenever they see them. However, many more are usually put in their place – often as early as the next day

In order to put a stop to this illegal behavior Code officials need to know who is placing the signs so that they can contact that person and begin the compliance process. Calling the number on the signs rarely works – those answering the calls usually will not admit to placing the signs and will not give a name or business address.

Whenever Code officials see someone actually posting a sign, they immediately address the person. But the city’s team of Code officials cannot be at every intersection 24 hours a day. Therefore, they are asking the public to help in the effort.

If you see someone posting a sign like this one, please send a photo of the person, the person’s car and if possible the license plate to City’s Code Enforcement Division at Code enforcement officials will then use that information to contact the person who is placing the illegal signs and inform him or her that the placement of snipe signs is illegal. Code enforcement always begins with an effort to educate and bring people into voluntary compliance. If they don’t comply, then further action will be taken, including fines and Code Enforcement Board action.

Photo of a snipe sign attached to a street sign pole.

To submit a photo, please e-mail

For more information, please contact the City of Melbourne Code Enforcement Division at (321) 608-7905.

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