Weird Laws in Florida

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Upvote the law you think is the dumbest

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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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

    Key deer

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

    Sexual relationship

    Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.
  • Molestation of trash
    443 votes

    Molestation of trash

    The molestation of trash cans is banned. (Daytona Beach)
  • Selling your children.
    617 votes

    Selling your children.

    It is illegal to sell your children.
  • Elephant on the parking meter
    528 votes

    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.
  • Cold concoctions in a cemetery
    377 votes

    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)