U.S. Supreme Court action forces sign code changes

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The County can no longer regulate temporary signs requiring permits on the basis of content, following a sweeping Supreme Court decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas.

This information was brought to the County Commission by Commissioner Peter O’Bryan, who said that few, if any, codes have no content-based provisions, thus Thomas’ opinion calls into question almost every sign code in the county.

The County can regulate such areas as lighting, location, size, quantity, but cannot consider the message on a sign to determine how it will be regulated.

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