law Weird Laws in Florida

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List of strange state laws on the books in Florida. These rules and regulations were passed by the Florida state legislature, or in an individual Florida city, and for one reason or another, were never overturned, remaining active on the books until this day. Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons. Most frequently, the laws appeared in the books following a court ruling on a specific case, that then set a common law precedent from that point on.

Strange or unnecessary laws have become a popular source for humor, online and more generally in popular culture. TV shows like "The Simpsons" have had a lot of fun with the notion of small towns having peculiar regulations on the books. (In one episode, Mayor Quimby is surprised to find out the town charter mandates that all ducks wear long pants.)

Often, "dumb laws" as reported on websites and in humor books have been shown to be inaccurate. This sometimes happens because a real, sensible law has been exaggerated or misunderstood, turning into something that sounds silly or ridiculous. Other times, it is simply the result of a hoax being repeated enough times to gain some kind of credibility. If you think any of the laws on this page are not accurate or do not remain active in Florida, let me know in the comments below.

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Key deer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Key deer It is illegal to molest a Key deer. (Big Pine Key)

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Sexual relationship is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Sexual relationship Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.

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Selling your children. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Selling your children. It is illegal to sell your children.

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Elephant on the parking meter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Elephant on the parking meter If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.

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Farting in a public place is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Farting in a public place You may not fart in a public place after 6 PM.

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Molestation of trash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Molestation of trash The molestation of trash cans is banned. (Daytona Beach)

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Public morals is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Public morals Corrupting the public morals is defined as a nuisance, and is declared a misdemeanor offense.

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Men in strapless gown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Men in strapless gown Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.

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Cold concoctions in a cemetery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Cold concoctions in a cemetery If you notice an ice-cream man attempting to sell his cold concoctions in a cemetery, call the police immediately, for that is illegal. (Destin)

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Kissing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Kissing You may not kiss your wife’s breasts.

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Oral sex is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Oral sex Oral sex is illegal.

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Hot Dog Stand is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Hot Dog Stand Persons may not be “inappropriately attired” who work at hot dog stands.

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Lewd acts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Lewd acts Unmarried couples may not commit “lewd acts” and live together in the same residence.

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Topless dancing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Topless dancing Women may not expose their breasts while performing “topless dancing”. (Tampa)

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Missionary position is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Missionary position When having sex, only the missionary position is legal.

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Public buildings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Public buildings Doors of all public buildings must open outwards.

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Riding a bicycle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Riding a bicycle If you like to love to ride your bicycle in Destin, don’t lean it up against a tree in a cemetery. (Destin)

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Singing in the public place is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Singing in the public place It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.

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Parachuting is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Parachuting A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.

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Maintaining a car is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Maintaining a car Maintaining a car on your property which is no longer in use is prohibited. (Daytona Beach)

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Crab is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Crab You may not catch crabs. (Sarasota)

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Stage nudity is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Stage nudity Stage nudity is banned, with the exception of “bona fide” theatrical performances. (Sanford)

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Flower pot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Flower pot Owning a flower pot with water in it that isn’t capable of draining is considered a public nuisance. (Daytona Beach)

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Hanging your clothes outside is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Hanging your clothes outside It is against the city ordinance to hang your clothes outside on a clothesline. (Cape Coral)

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Swimming in the ocean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Swimming in the ocean If you wish to go swimming in the ocean, get dressed in your hotel room. (Destin)

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Selling oranges is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Weird Laws in Florida
Selling oranges Persons face up to thirty days in jail for selling oranges on the sidewalk. (Miami Beach)