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Weird Laws in Florida

Updated June 8, 2017 13.3k votes 3.1k voters 252.7k 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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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
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    213

    Key deer

    It is illegal to molest a Key deer. (Big Pine Key)
  • 2
    Sexual relationship
    777
    335

    Sexual relationship

    Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.
  • 3
    Selling your children.
    558
    271

    Selling your children.

    It is illegal to sell your children.
  • 4
    Molestation of trash
    405
    183

    Molestation of trash

    The molestation of trash cans is banned. (Daytona Beach)
  • 5
    Elephant on the parking meter
    461
    232

    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.
  • 6
    Cold concoctions in a cemetery
    315
    169

    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)
  • 7
    Public morals
    300
    162

    Public morals

    Corrupting the public morals is defined as a nuisance, and is declared a misdemeanor offense.
  • 8
    Farting in a public place
    520
    373

    Farting in a public place

    You may not fart in a public place after 6 PM.
  • 9
    Men in strapless gown
    314
    210

    Men in strapless gown

    Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
  • 10
    Hot Dog Stand
    232
    177

    Hot Dog Stand

    Persons may not be “inappropriately attired” who work at hot dog stands.
  • 11
    170
    202

    Public buildings

    Doors of all public buildings must open outwards.
  • 12
    Singing in the public place
    185
    225

    Singing in the public place

    It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
  • 13
    Oral sex
    304
    383

    Oral sex

    Oral sex is illegal.
  • 14
    Kissing
    287
    360

    Kissing

    You may not kiss your wife’s breasts.
  • 15
    Lewd acts
    210
    272

    Lewd acts

    Unmarried couples may not commit “lewd acts” and live together in the same residence.
  • 16
    Riding a bicycle
    140
    178

    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)
  • 17
    Topless dancing
    210
    275

    Topless dancing

    Women may not expose their breasts while performing “topless dancing”. (Tampa)
  • 18
    Parachuting
    152
    202

    Parachuting

    A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.
  • 19
    Missionary position
    219
    315

    Missionary position

    When having sex, only the missionary position is legal.
  • 20
    Flower pot
    125
    190

    Flower pot

    Owning a flower pot with water in it that isn’t capable of draining is considered a public nuisance. (Daytona Beach)
  • 21
    Maintaining a car
    112
    188

    Maintaining a car

    Maintaining a car on your property which is no longer in use is prohibited. (Daytona Beach)
  • 22
    Swimming in the ocean
    107
    181

    Swimming in the ocean

    If you wish to go swimming in the ocean, get dressed in your hotel room. (Destin)
  • 23
    Hanging your clothes outside
    121
    205

    Hanging your clothes outside

    It is against the city ordinance to hang your clothes outside on a clothesline. (Cape Coral)
  • 24
    Crab
    127
    218

    Crab

    You may not catch crabs. (Sarasota)
  • 25
    Selling oranges
    116
    205

    Selling oranges

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