City to buy back tires, illegal signs

Event set for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at EverBank Field, Lot J


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The city of Jacksonville is hosting a tire and sign buy-back event this Saturday at EverBank Field as part of efforts to curb neighborhood and urban blight.

Duval County residents can trade in up to 10 tires at a rate of $2 per tire, or up to 40 illegal snipe signs for 50 cents per sign. The city anticipates it will collect approximately 25,000 tires during the one-day event.

Residents must have a valid Duval County driver's license, ID or other proof of residency (e.g. electric bill) to participate.

No Realtor signs, agricultural tires or concrete tires will be accepted. Legal signs with a valid COJ permit number on the sign are not eligible for the buyback. No commercial businesses are eligible to participate in this event.

"Jacksonville's appearance is an indicator of its overall quality of life, and that's why we're taking positive steps to create safer and more welcoming neighborhoods across the city," said Mayor Alvin Brown. "Our Public Works department has worked closely with Council Member E. Denise Lee and her City Council colleagues to maximize our resources and increase efforts to reinvigorate troubled properties and public land throughout Jacksonville."

Channel 4 has partnered with the city to help make the event successful. Additional event sponsors include the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, JEA, Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, Republic Services, SMG and Waste Pro.

The event is a collaboration between the cty of Jacksonville and the City Council's Ad Hoc Committee on Jacksonville's Neighborhood Blight, which was formed to examine the status of local neighborhoods as it relates to blight and to gauge the city's response and responsibility for improvement.

"This is an exciting event and it is an opportunity for everyone to play a role in cleaning up the community," said Council Member Denise Lee. "Removal of the tires and signs has an immediate impact on the look and feel of the city and uplifts the entire community."

The buy-back program is part of the city's efforts to reduce urban and neighborhood blight, such as sign litter, or "snipe" signs. This includes signs illegally placed on public property or illegally nailed, fastened or affixed to any tree, public utility pole, or other object located on public property or within a public right-of-way. Sign litter does not include real estate signs.

Fines for placement of "snipe" signs range from $50 to $350 per sign. The City of Jacksonville's Municipal Code Compliance and Solid Waste divisions may remove signs illegally placed on public property.

For more information or restrictions, call 904-630-CITY (2489).