Some of the Strange Laws in the State of Florida – Chickens Are Protected in Key West

Published: 15th January 2010
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If you're looking for night life, beaches, and a slew of outdoor activities and sports, where better to go than Florida? Just keep in mind when you come here that there are still some strange laws on the records.

It is illegal to sell your children. While this seems fairly straightforward, given the diverse cultural population, it's not completely without reason that something like this could happen.

Penalty for horse theft is death by hanging. Floridians are not messing around when it comes to their horses.

In Cape Coral, it is against the law to hang your clothes outside on a clothesline to dry.

Also in Cape Coral, it is illegal to have a pick-up truck parked in your driveway, or in front of your home, unless you are the owner. This law was repealed in 2000.

In Key West, chickens are considered a protected species. I guess you'll have to go somewhere else in the south for fried chicken.

In Miami Beach, no one may bring a pig with them to the beach. There really are so many things that could be said about this, but I guess the high road would be to say nothing.

Palm Bay prohibits the towing of sleds behind bicycles. This shouldn't be too much of a problem in a place that doesn't have snow. Where would you even buy a sled in Palm Bay?

In Pensacola, a woman can posthumously be fined for being electrocuted in a bath tub by using self-beautification tools. Who is supposed to pay this fine and what is considered a "self-beautification" tool?

In Sarasota, it's illegal to sing while wearing a bathing suit. I guess singing in the shower is fine, then.

In Miami, it's illegal for a man to wear any kind of strapless gown. Spaghetti strap or sleeved gowns look better on a man, anyway.

It's interesting to recount old, strange laws that stay on the records from generations past and to see how our culture has changed. Florida has no shortage of heritage or opportunity to explore the past.

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