This is a timely presentation of another of the problems of our fair city, but the photographs do not do justice to the size of the problem. Here are some definitions from the Municipal Code:
Litter. The term "litter" shall mean "litter" as defined in the Florida Litter Law at F.S. § 403.413(2)(a), that is located on public property, and shall include any artificial or manmade object illegally placed within a public right-of-way or illegally nailed, fastened or affixed to any tree, public utility pole, or other object located on public property or within a public right-of-way. The term "litter" shall include "snipe sign" as defined herein.
Snipe sign. The term "snipe sign" shall mean a sign which is tacked, nailed, posted, pasted, glued, or otherwise attached or affixed to a tree on public property, to a public utility pole, to a public utility box, to publicly-owned street furniture such as a bench or shelter, to a public fence, or to any other object on public property or within the public right of way, except with the express permission or consent of the public property owner.
So, litter would include all those garish newspaper racks place all over sidewalks - a personal pet peeve of mine. The Muni Code allows anyone to remove litter if it can be done safely and without an altercation. So feel free to pick up all those snipe signs you see. I haven't decided if I want to begin removing newspaper racks for a couple of reasons. One, they do have value and I can imagine getting unpleasant responses from the owners of the racks who would consider removal a variety of conversion or illegal destruction of personal property. Two, what would I do with them?
By "newspaper" I have special reference to the boxes that have nothing in them but free pamphlets telling you what homes are for sale, apartments for rent, cars for sale, and so on. I would love the City to impose a fee for their placement and govern placement strictly. There are, however, some constitutional issues here - commercial freedom of speech being the main one.
If visual pollution is a concern for anyone, I commend to you a local organization called Beautiful City Jax which has a website and which may be joined and supported with a minimum of financial commitment. Its focus extend far beyond snipe signs and newspaper racks. Google the website - go there - join.