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Weird Laws in Florida

Updated June 8, 2017 12.1k votes 3.1k voters 253.8k views26 items

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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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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

    It is illegal to molest a Key deer. (Big Pine Key)
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    Sexual relationship

    Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.
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    Selling your children.

    It is illegal to sell your children.
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    Molestation of trash

    The molestation of trash cans is banned. (Daytona Beach)
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    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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    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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    Public morals

    Corrupting the public morals is defined as a nuisance, and is declared a misdemeanor offense.
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    Farting in a public place

    You may not fart in a public place after 6 PM.
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    Men in strapless gown

    Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
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    Hot Dog Stand

    Persons may not be “inappropriately attired” who work at hot dog stands.
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    Singing in the public place

    It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
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    Public buildings

    Doors of all public buildings must open outwards.
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    Lewd acts

    Unmarried couples may not commit “lewd acts” and live together in the same residence.
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    Oral sex

    Oral sex is illegal.
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    Kissing

    You may not kiss your wife’s breasts.
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    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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    Topless dancing

    Women may not expose their breasts while performing “topless dancing”. (Tampa)
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    Parachuting

    A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.
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    Missionary position

    When having sex, only the missionary position is legal.
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    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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    Swimming in the ocean

    If you wish to go swimming in the ocean, get dressed in your hotel room. (Destin)
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    Hanging your clothes outside

    It is against the city ordinance to hang your clothes outside on a clothesline. (Cape Coral)
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    Crab

    You may not catch crabs. (Sarasota)
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    Selling oranges

    Persons face up to thirty days in jail for selling oranges on the sidewalk. (Miami Beach)
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    Maintaining a car

    Maintaining a car on your property which is no longer in use is prohibited. (Daytona Beach)