§ 20-3. Obstruction of public streets, highways and roads.  


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  • (a) It is unlawful for any person or persons willfully to obstruct the free, convenient, and normal use of any public street, highway, or road by impeding, hindering, stifling, retarding, or restraining traffic or passage thereon, by standing or approaching vehicles thereon, or by endangering the safe movement of vehicles or pedestrians traveling thereon.

    (b) It is unlawful, without proper authorization or permit issued by the police department, for any person or persons willfully to obstruct the free, convenient, and normal use of any public street, highway, or road by any of the means specified in subsection (a) in order to solicit. Organizations qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and registered pursuant to F.S. ch. 496, or persons or organization acting on their behalf are exempted from the provisions of this section.

    (c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to inhibit political campaigning on the public right-of-way or to require a permit for such activity.

    (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), any commercial vehicle used solely for the purpose of collecting solid waste or recyclable or recovered materials may stop or stand on any public street, highway, or road for the sole purpose of collecting solid waste or recyclable or recovered materials. However, such solid waste or recyclable or recovered materials collection vehicle shall show or display amber flashing hazard lights at all times that it is engaged in stopping or standing for the purpose of collecting solid waste or recyclable or recovered materials.

    (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), any commercial vehicle used solely for the purpose of collecting or delivering persons or property may stop or stand on any public street, highway, or road for the sole purpose of collecting or delivering persons or property. However, such commercial vehicle shall show or display amber flashing hazard lights at all times that it is engaged in stopping or standing for the purpose of collecting or delivering persons or property.

    (f) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), any vehicle of the U.S. Postal Service used solely for the purpose of collecting or delivering mail may stop or stand on any public street, highway, or road for the sole purpose of collecting or delivering mail. However, such vehicle shall show or display amber flashing hazard lights at all times that it is engaged in stopping or standing for the purpose of collecting or delivering mail.

    (g) Any person or persons who violate the provisions of this section, upon conviction, shall be punished as set forth in F.S. ch. 316 and ch. 318.

(Ord. No. 2005-21, § 1, 6-21-05)