12/17/14: Tomorrow, the Dunedin City Commission will remove all language regarding snakes from their ordinance, also preventing a proposed ban on constrictor snakes over 4'. Per their official memorandum for tomorrow's meeting received by USARK:
"All references to snakes are removed."
12/4/14: The Dunedin ordinance was tabled as the Commission needs to review all the information they received today. USARK made them aware of a major issue (see below). At the meeting, it was also noted that hundreds of emails were sent in opposition to this ordinance. That’s from you, Reptile Nation! Thanks to everyone who used our Action Alerts and shared them. We will keep you updated.
You can view our written testimony at www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Dunedin-Letter.pdf. You can read an additional update at http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d7e8c81109173978c4240862c&id=3e873c4c3a&e=925750ed65.
“In summary, Section 9, Article IV [of the Constitution of the State of Florida] bestows FWC with the exclusive authority to exercise all of the state's regulatory power over all wildlife, including captive native and non-native animals kept as pets. Hence, a municipality is precluded from regulating or prohibiting the possession of wildlife within its corporate limits.”
Dunedin, Florida will likely pass a ban on nearly all snakes unless they hear resistance. Tomorrow (12/4/14) at 6:30 PM the revised ordinance will be heard and could pass including a ban on nearly all snakes. There is already a ban on "poisonous" snakes, but they plan to amend the ordinance to add all constrictor snakes over 4' in length.
Any locals should attend the meeting (address below) and speak against this absurdly over-reaching ordinance. If you are unsure what to say, there is plenty of information in our Action Alert to form a statement.
Remember to be civil and professional at all times! Any other behavior will only harm our community and our efforts.
The proposed language is:
"It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, harbor or maintain any live poisonous snakes or constrictor snakes greater than four (4) feet in length within the city, either as domestic pets or for a commercial purpose."
Meeting location and time:
Dunedin, Florida 34698