Campaign signs around Tampa Bay area must come down now that Election Day has passed

Posted at 5:27 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 17:36:09-05

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Some signs are for candidates who won, and others are for those who didn't. But either way, the time for them to be come down is now.

Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey has more than 200 signs she's responsible for.

"It's a big expense, and a lot of time and a lot of effort. And I, of course, call the landowners first to get permission," said Starkey.

Cities and counties have varying rules for how quickly the signs need to be removed.

In Hillsborough County, campaigns have 20 days after the election to remove them.

In the city of Tampa, it's six.

But in Pasco County, it's just five.

"I do feel that five days is a little quick because when you've been in the campaign afterward you are a little tired — whether you won or you lost. You need some downtime," said Starkey.

If the signs are not gone in time, code enforcement will remove them, as time allows, and can eventually destroy them.

Sometimes campaigns are charged a removal fee.

The City of Tampa started removing signs from the public right of ways Wednesday.

Pasco signs are supposed to be gone by Monday.

"My guess is a lot of them won't be done in five days. But I think you'll see a lot of them coming down in the next ten days," said Starkey.

Starkey won her race to remain on the Pasco County Commission. And she will hold on to some of her signs to use again next time around.