Ocoee Commission meeting set for March 21

Tonight, Ocoee city leaders will vote on the first reading for an ordinance that seeks to regulate human signs and the second reading for an ordinance restricting panhandling.

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  • | 6:38 p.m. March 21, 2017
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1. First Reading: Human Signs

Tonight, Ocoee city leaders will see the first reading of an ordinance that aims to regulate human signs, which are commercial signs that continuously held, spun or attached to a person that advertises a business, commodity, service or product. According to the city, this ordinance is in response to the increase in human signs observed by the City of Ocoee Community Redevelopment Agency. The ordinance will allow for one human sign per business, however, the human sign must remain located on the same parcel or common areas within which the business, commodity, service or product is located – being on public city property or rights-ways will be prohibited. No human sign can exceed more than 2 feet by 4 feet. The second reading and public hearing are scheduled for the April 18 Ocoee commission meeting.

2. Second Reading: Panhandling restrictions 

In response to a perceived increase in panhandling, city leaders drafted and approved the first reading for an ordinance that aims to restrict panhandling on March 7. The ordinance, which is modeled after the panhandling ordinances adopted by Winter Garden and City Of Orlando, will clarify prohibited activities and require panhandlers to register. Individuals will be prohibited from panhandling within 100 feet of any bus or train stop, in any public transportation vehicle or facility, in any city right-of-way, in any public park, fairground or sporting facility, within 100 feet of schools, ATMS or liquor stores, in city-owned parking lots or garages, and on any private property unless permission has been given by the property owner. 

Any residents with questions or concerns may contact Ocoee City Hall at (407) 905-3100. 


Contact Gabby Baquero at [email protected]


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