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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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.
Key deerIt is illegal to molest a Key deer. (Big Pine Key)
Sexual relationshipHaving sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.
Selling your children.It is illegal to sell your children.
Molestation of trashThe molestation of trash cans is banned. (Daytona Beach)
Elephant on the parking meterIf 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 cemeteryIf you notice an ice-cream man attempting to sell his cold concoctions in a cemetery, call the police immediately, for that is illegal. (Destin)
Public moralsCorrupting the public morals is defined as a nuisance, and is declared a misdemeanor offense.
Farting in a public placeYou may not fart in a public place after 6 PM.
Men in strapless gownMen may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
Hot Dog StandPersons may not be “inappropriately attired” who work at hot dog stands.
Public buildingsDoors of all public buildings must open outwards.
Singing in the public placeIt is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
Oral sexOral sex is illegal.
KissingYou may not kiss your wife’s breasts.
Lewd actsUnmarried couples may not commit “lewd acts” and live together in the same residence.
Riding a bicycleIf you like to love to ride your bicycle in Destin, don’t lean it up against a tree in a cemetery. (Destin)
Topless dancingWomen may not expose their breasts while performing “topless dancing”. (Tampa)
ParachutingA special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.
Missionary positionWhen having sex, only the missionary position is legal.
Flower potOwning a flower pot with water in it that isn’t capable of draining is considered a public nuisance. (Daytona Beach)
Maintaining a carMaintaining a car on your property which is no longer in use is prohibited. (Daytona Beach)
Swimming in the oceanIf you wish to go swimming in the ocean, get dressed in your hotel room. (Destin)
Hanging your clothes outsideIt is against the city ordinance to hang your clothes outside on a clothesline. (Cape Coral)
CrabYou may not catch crabs. (Sarasota)
Selling orangesPersons face up to thirty days in jail for selling oranges on the sidewalk. (Miami Beach)