Law has a reputation of being uptight, constitutional, and only concerning very serious affairs. But let’s just say that there are quite a few weird laws in Florida – let’s find out what they are!
Florida is the most southeastern state in the United States of America. It is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other – this gives rise to miles and miles of gorgeous beaches that Florida is famous for, such as Miami Beach. It is also renowned all over the world for its fabulous theme parks.
Of course, Florida is also often referred to newspapers with rather, shall we say, quirky headlines. ‘Florida Man’ – an infamous character that gets up to the strangest things – is someone I’m sure we’ve all heard of. After reading the headlines concerning him, we probably would not be surprised to hear that there are some bizarre laws in Florida…but that’s only until we read them. Let me tell you – some of these weird laws in Florida are strange!
Don’t believe me? Read on to find out about 20 weird laws in Florida, from past or present! These are some of the strangest laws you will ever hear about.
Weird Laws In Florida
Women who fall asleep while underneath a hairdryer can be fined. The hair salon owner and workers under the salon owner can be fined for the same offence.
I just wonder what it would be like to come across an elephant tied to parking meters. We all know that we have to pay for the parking meter when it comes to a car or some other vehicle…but in Florida, you need to pay the parking fee even when you tie a pet elephant, goat, or alligator to it! For all those animal owners out there who just happen to connect their animal to a parking meter, keep this law in mind.
Here’s a tragedy for all my unmarried women out there – if you go parachuting on a Sunday (or at least, if you’re caught parachuting on a Sunday), you can face the punishment of being arrested, fined, or even jailed. In short, unmarried women are prohibited from parachuting on Sundays in Florida. This, of course, begs the question – why? What makes available women parachuting such a threat to the law? What exempts married women from this law?
People in Tampa Bay, Florida, cannot eat cottage cheese after 6 pm on Sundays. We would recommend all law-abiding citizens start eating cottage cheese meals before the stipulated period, just to stay on the safe side.
It is against the law to sing in public places while dressed in a bathing suit. The next time you get the urge to sing while clothed in spandex or beside a public pool – we beg you to wait until you get to the safety of your own home!
Men in Florida cannot be seen wearing strapless dresses or strapless gowns in public. Of course, while men may not wear strapless dresses, there aren’t confines on any other type of gowns – so go wild! While most police officers certainly have better things to do than arrest men who wear a strapless gown, it cannot be denied that it is a lawyer present in the official books.
In Daytona Beach, located in Florida, it is illegal to store any unused vehicle, either in a public place or on private property.
Swamp buggies are a popular form of transport in Florida. Still, once a law passed that specifically changed the definition of ‘motor vehicle’ to ensure that swamp buggies do get included in this group.
Stealing horses is considered illegal in Florida, which is understandable by itself. But here’s the strange part – the punishment for horse theft is death by hanging! On the other hand, stealing cars has a comparatively moderate penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
There’s an understandable but strange law prohibiting sexual relations with a porcupine. It’s true! We don’t think we want to know what bought about this law.
In Miami, Florida, it is a crime to sell oranges on the street. Next time you have a craving for an orange while you’re in Miami for spring break, make sure not to buy from someone selling oranges on the street, or well…you’d be buying from a criminal.
In Cape Coral, Florida, it is illegal to park the pick-up truck that you own in front of your house or even in your driveway. Now, this seems unreasonable.
Once again, in Cape Coral – what is it with this place and its rigid rules around carports and driveways? – you can be fined $50 for storing your couch in the carport.
You can often see skateboarders on the streets of Florida, but did you know that although they do not need a driver’s license to skateboard, they do need a special kind of license? It is illegal to skateboard on public sidewalks in Orlando. Citizens of Orlando, keep this in mind the next time a cheeky kid races past you on their skateboard!
In Key West, Florida, chickens are considered a protected species. This may not seem too strange, but it is a unique law.
Public buildings must have doors that open outward. A little strange, or at least rigid, but this law makes sense (unlike some of the others on this list). The Sunshine State is somewhat prone to hurricanes and high winds, so there is a very high likelihood of the door blowing open inwards and harming someone in the process.
The law states that rolling a barrel down the street is a crime. Moreover, depending upon the barrel’s contents, a fine can be imposed on you. Maybe it would be safer to use a cart.
It is illegal to confine pregnant pigs to cages. This is a state that values the health of its animals – as all states should – so be sure to keep an eye on the health and condition of your pigs.
In Palm Bay, Florida, the law makes it illegal for people to tow a bobsled behind a bicycle.
It is against the law to park at a crosswalk, an intersection or even on the edge of a curbed street. I sure hope the driver’s ed lessons in Florida cover this law.
So, there you go – 20 weird laws in Florida that will probably leave you with a bemused expression on your face or maybe tumbling down a rabbit hole on the internet trying to figure out where exactly these laws originated from. If you do find out, let us know in the comments!
There are a bunch of other weird Florida laws too. These laws can lead to a fine, while others get jail time. I hope they teach these strange laws to a lawyer; who knows when they’ll need to represent a Florida Man and need them? Learning about these weird laws certainly seems the key to ensuring good legal representation and a healthy attorney-client relationship.
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