The billboard — “Islam bloody Islam, Doomed by its doctrine!” — has spurred thousands to sign an online petition for its removal. One woman’s drive to get a billboard message critical of Islam removed from her hometown is picking up steam but so far the billboard advertiser and the company that rented him the space are standing their ground.
County leaders responded to the opposition, but said Tuesday in a statement that the sign is legal and there’s nothing they can do about it.
In response to concerns within the community, St Johns County investigated the billboard located at A1A and Seashore Avenue and determined it to be in compliance with all state and local code enforcement laws regarding signage. While its message may be offensive for some members of our community, it is protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which precludes the county from taking action.”