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Handbills: Clutter or Free Speech? [Poll]

A county-wide ordinance prevents you from posting a sign about a missing animal. Is that right?

Your cat slips out one night and goes AWOL for two days.

Or you get fed up with the clutter and decide a garage sale is the only answer.

You post fliers on area sign posts and telephone polls with a picture of the cat or the address of your garage.

If you do, you're violating a county-wide ordinance from being affixed to anything public in Nassau County. In fact, residents are even encouraged to remove them.

Some people say handbills are a nuissance that sully the appearance of a neighborhood and end up as debris. 

Does that seem right to you? Is there a free speech component to this?

What would the county have us do: Take out an ad? Don't we own the street signs, since we paid for them through our taxes?

What if the cat never comes home?




Dale from Farmingdale April 10, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Totally agree with Tom. Seeing the fliers never bothers me (I've posted a few myself). But seeing past dates on Garage Sale signs does. Allow residents to feel we're in a caring community, but let's be responsible for removing them. Encouraging us to remove them is just nasty...unless, of course, they're obviously obsolete. Everyone's always talking about F'Dale returning to the neighborly community it once was...and old-fashioned "Main Street" like back in the day. Well, this is a part of that.
Dale from Farmingdale April 10, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Not sure why this is now on Plainview Patch...it came in on my Farmingdale Patch...
Helen April 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Really? I was unaware of that law - which if ever enforced would strike up a whole lot of debate around here - can't get the town to enforce codes but we could go around wagging our fingers that our neighbor left up their lost kitten flyer? Be responsible - you put up the flyer - TAKE IT DOWN. I would however love to see the flyers that might say "KITTEN FOUND - thanks for the prayers" (or whatever!). Then, take that one down as well. Now, can we pass the "local politicians flyers are a waste of money" bill? Pompous fluff....on my dime.
Tom April 19, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Joe Dowd, the author of this piece, is the editor of the Plainview Patch.
Pam Robinson April 20, 2012 at 01:58 AM
It's a townwide story, shared on our TOBAY sites.


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