Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'No Soliciting' Signs Should Be Followed, Says City

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'No Soliciting' Signs Should Be Followed, Says City

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Byline: Sandy Strickland

Dear Call Box: I've got two no-soliciting signs on the front of my house. There were some business representatives going door to door, and they came to the house on several occasions during the week. One day, they rang the bell and knocked on the door five or six times. If I'm not mistaken, I think when you have a no-soliciting sign up, and people are ignoring that and coming up to the house, that may be considered trespassing, harassment or possibly other types of annoyance or infractions against the city ordinance.

E.J., Jacksonville

Dear E.J.: You are correct. Section 250 of the Jacksonville Municipal Code states that signs should be placed upon or near the main entrance door to your home containing words such as "No Solicitors" or "No Soliciting Allowed or Permitted." This will give sufficient notice that any peddling or soliciting is prohibited on your private property. Some people have gotten whimsical with their signs with some reading, "No Solicitors Unless You Are British, Handsome and Eligible" or "No Soliciting - Violators Will Be Fed to Zombies."

The solicitor, whether registered or not, shall immediately and peacefully depart when requested to do so.

Jacksonville code also requires commercial or professional solicitors to obtain a permit and limit their work to the hours between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. weekdays and at no time on a Sunday or a state or national holiday. Solicitors must be older than 18 to work unaccompanied and older than 14 to work with the help of an adult supervisor.

A city spokeswoman also confirmed the validity of the above.

Dear Call Box: I'm wondering what the plans are for the wooded property north of The Avenues mall that's bounded by Interstate 95 and U.S. 1. Hopefully, there are none. It appears to be owned by the state or the U.S. government, at least in part, based on the signs.

A.L., San Marco

Dear A.L.: You'll be happy to know that the woods are safe for now. …

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