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Free Speech Permit

Free Speech Permit

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County Administrator proposed law restricting "expressive activities"
County Administrator proposed law restricting "expressive activities"

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Chapter25-OPERATIONALPOLICY.PUBLICWORKSPARTIV.-PUBLlC'SUSEOFDESIGNATEDCOUNTYFACILITIESFOREXPRESSIVEACTIVITIES
EXHIBIT1
PARTIV-PUBLIC'SUSEOFDESIGNATEDCOUNTYFACILITIESFOREXPRESSIVEACTIVITIES
l5.23.-
Preamble.
25.l4.-
DeftnitionL
25.l5.-
Designated
SHes
forExpressiveActivities.
l5.l6.-
PermitL
25.27.-Emergencies.15.28.-RulesofConduct.
15.29.-Severability.
2S.23.-Preamble.ItisthepolicyofBrowardCountytopermitthegeneralpublictousedesignatedoutdoorareasofdesignatedCountyfacilitiesforexpressiveactivity,providedsuchusedoesnotcompromisepublicorder,anatmosphereconducive
to
thereasonableconductofpublicbusiness,unobstructedaccess
to
Countyfacilitiesforemployeesandpatrons,
and
properstewardshipandmaintenanceofCountyproperty.NothinginthispolicyshallbeconstruedtocreatepennanentpublicforaonCountylands.TheCountyreservestherighttoreviseorrepealthispolicyatanytime,includingclosinganyorallofthedesignatedpublicforacreatedbyoperationofthispolicy.2S.l4.-
DeftnitioDs.-
ForpurposesofthisPart,thetenn:I."Commercialspeech"meansspeechintended
to
facilitateacommercialtransaction.2."Commercialtransaction"meansanytransactionoractivityundertakenonbehalfofapersonorcompanyforthepurposeofmakingaprofit.3."DesignatedCountyfacilities"meansthebuildingsandlandsunderthecustodyandcontroloftheCounty,other
than
traditionalpublicfora,thattheCountyAdministrator,oradesigneethereof,designatesforusebythegeneralpublicforexpressiveactivity.4."Designatedoutdoorareas"meanstheoutdoorlocationsatdesignatedCountyfacilitiesselectedbytheCountyAdministrator,oradesigneethereof,forusebythegeneralpublicforexpressiveactivity.5."Electioncycle"meansthedaysonwhichthepollsareopenforanelection,includingelectiondayandtheearlyvotingperiodsetforthinSection101.657,FloridaStatutes.6."Expressiveactivity"meansthecarryingordisplayingorsignsorplacards,leafleting.campaigning,speeches,protests,rallies,demonstrations,circulationofpetitions,orothersolicitationthatdoesnotconstitutecommercialspeech.
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2S-
OPERATIONALPOLICY,PUBLICWORKSPARTIV.-PUBLIC'SUSEOFDESIGNATEDCOUNTYFACILITIESFOREXPRESSIVEACTIVITIES
7."Generalpublic"and"person(s)"meanindividuals,corporations,firms,associations,partnerships.jointventures,syndicates,organizations,andallothergroupsorcombinations.8."Regularbusinesshours"means8:30a.m.to5:00p.m.,EasternStandardTime,MondaythroughFriday,onregularbusinessdays.9."Regularbusinessdays"meansMondaythroughFridayeachweekbutexcludesholidaysandotherdaysthattheCountyisclosedforbusiness.10."Soundamplificationdevice"meansanyapparatusfortheamplificationofsounds,includinganyapparatusfortheamplificationofthehumanvoice.25.25-DesignatedSitesforExpressiveActivities.Byadministrativeorder,theCountyAdministrator,oradesigneethereof,shalldesignatetheoutdoorarea(s)ofoneormoreCountyfacilitieswhichmaybe
used
bythegeneralpublicforexpressiveactivity.1.Themaximumnumberofpersonswhomayengageinexpressiveactivityatonetimeinthedesignatedarea(s)shallbespecifiedintheadministrativeorder.2.Indesignatingthefacilitiesandareasthatmay
beused
bythegeneralpublic,theCountyAdministrator,oradesigneethereof,shallensurethatthesecurity,operationalefficiency,andstewardshipandmaintenanceofCountyfacilitiesandpropertywillnotbeunreasonablyhinderedbythepublic'sexpressiveactivities.Atanytime,theCountyAdministrator,oradesigneethereof,mayre-designatethefacilitiesandareasthatmaybe
used
bythegeneralpublic,orchangethemaximumnumberofpersonswhomayengageinexpressiveactivityatthosefacilitiesandareas,infurtheranceofenhancingsafety,security,operationalefficiency,andpropermaintenanceofCountyfacilitiesandproperty.25.26.-Permits.Anypersonseeking
to
usethedesignatedoutdoorareasofdesignatedCountyfacilitiesforexpressiveactivitymustrequestandobtainapermitfromtheFacilitiesMaintenanceManagerofthedesignatedfacilityatwhichtheexpressiveactivityissoughttobeconducted.1.Pennitapplicationsshall
be
submittedinwriting,onthefonnattachedheretoasExhibit25.B,duringregularbusinesshoursnolater
than
two(2)regularbusinessdaysprecedingthecommencementoftheexpressiveactivityforwhichthepermitissought,andnoearlier
than
five(5)regularbusinessdaysprecedingthecommencementoftheexpressiveactivityforwhichthepennitissoughtAnyapplicationsubmittedoutsidethistimeframeshallbeinvalidanddeemedautomaticallydenied.
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OPERATIONALPOLICY.PUBLICWORKSPARTIV.-PUBLlC'SUSEOFDESIGNATEDCOUNTYFACILITIESFOREXPRESSIVEACTIVITIES
2.PermitapplicationsshallbesubmittedinpersontotheFacilitiesMaintenanceManagerofthedesignatedfacility.Thepermitapplicationshall
be
timeanddate-stampeduponsubmission.3.Eachpennitshallbevalidonlyduringregularbusinesshoursforaperiodoftimenotexceedingfive(5)continuousregularbusinessdays.Anypermitapplicationrequestingaperiodoftimeexceedingfive(5)continuousregularbusinessdaysshall
be
invalidanddeemedautomaticallydenied.4.PermitapprovalshallbeconditionedonPermitee'sagreementtoindemnifyandholdtheCountyharmlessforanyloss,damages,orinjuriesproximatelycausedbyPenniteeorhislherlitsmembersorassociatesinconnectionwithpermittedactivitiesinthedesignated
area(s),
5.PermitswiIl
be
grantedonafirst-come,first-servedbasis,exceptthat,ifmultipleapplicationsseekingaccessto
the
samedesignatedfacilityduringthesameperiodoftimearereceived,andthespaceatsuchdesignatedfacilityisinsufficienttoaccommodateeachofthepermitrequests,prioritywillbegiventoanewapplicantoverarenewalapplicant6.Exceptastothegroundsforautomaticdenialreferenced.above,apennitapplicationwill
be
deniedonlyifthearearequestedisunavailable,theapplicationisincomplete,thePenniteefailstoagreetotheindemnificationrequirementinparagraph5,ortheapplicationdisclosesthattheactivitiestobeperformedwillviolatetheguidelinescontainedherein.7.Apermitshallbeissued,ortheapplicationdenied,bytheFacilitiesMaintenanceManager,oradesigneethereof,bythecloseofbusinessonthenextregularbusinessdayaftersubmissionoftheapplication.Thereason(s)foranydenialofanapplicationshallbesetforthinwriting.Anyapplicationnotapprovedwithinsuchtimeframeshallbedeemeddenied.8.Uponthedenialofanyapplicationforapermit,apersonmaysubmitawrittenappealtotheCountyAdministrator,oradesigneethereof,settingforththereasonswhythepermitshouldhavebeenapproved.
An
appealshallbesubmittedinpersonduringregularbusinesshourswithinthree(3)regularbusinessdaysafterthedenialoftheapplication.Theappealshallbetimeanddate-stampeduponsubmission.9.TheCountyAdministrator,oradesigneethereof,shalldeterminewhetherthedenialofthepermitapplicationisconsistentwith
the
criteriasetforthinparagraph5.Awrittendecisiondenyingtheappeal,orreversingthepermitdenialandissuingapermit,shallbemadenolaterthanthecloseofbusinessonthenextbusinessdayaftertheappealissubmitted.10.Thepennitrequirementssetforthhereindonotapplyto
the
public'suseofdesignatedoutdoorareasofCounty-ownedearlyvotingandpollinglocationsduringanyelectioncycle.Thepublic'Suseofsuchfacilitiesduringelectioncyclesisgovernedby
the
CountyAdministrator'spolicymemorandumdated2011.
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