St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster launches initiative to clean up those pesky snipe signs

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Mayor Bill Foster says he’s getting an increasing number of complaints from the neighborhoods about them – those pesky “snipe signs” tacked to utility poles or staked into the ground on the public right-of-way. Most often, they advertise yard sales, home repair services, homes for sale or other services or products. They’re illegal, and the city is launching a new initiative to step up removal of the signs and help beautify the city’s neighborhoods and thoroughfares. 

Beginning in June, the mayor has asked employees from various city departments who are at work throughout the city during the course of their business day to join in the effort to remove these illegal signs. Field employees from many divisions, including Parks and Recreation, Community Services, Water Resources, Stormwater, Codes, and other departments, have been trained to look for and remove illegal snipe signs. 

The program is patterned after Mayor Foster’s “City Watch” program where all city employees were trained and encouraged to report suspicious behavior to the Police Department to lend more eyes and ears to the Police to fight crime in the city. 

“Service is one of the 7 S’s of my administration,” said Mayor Bill Foster. “If you are a city employee, whether you work in Parks, Water, Engineering or the Mayor’s Office, we all share the same responsibility to provide great service to our residents. If we see something that is wrong, illegal and causing an eyesore in our neighborhoods, we all share the same responsibility to help solve the problem.”

Crews will concentrate on illegal snipe signs placed in the public rights-of-way (generally between the curb and the sidewalk), medians, and utility poles. Signs will be collected and disposed of at a city Brush Site. Snipe signs DO NOT INCLUDE political or free speech signs. 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.