You can obtain many Florida cities' and counties' ordinances online for free through Municode. A paid subscription to Municode allows you to search multiple ctities or counties at once or compare codes. Two other companies that publish local laws are Ecpde.360 and American Legal Publishing, although they typically have less laws available than Municode.
(1) Find and read the text of the local law by checking Municode, Lexis, ECode360, American Legal Publishing, the city/county website, or the print laws.
(2) Search Florida case law using some key words from the ordinance to see if any courts have interpreted or overruled the local law.
(3) You may also want to review some secondary sources like treatises and nutshells to see if your topic is discussed generally.
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What if the local law is not available online? Some smaller counties and municipalities do not always have websites or put ordinances online. You may have to call, email, or visit a county clerk, city clerk or public library to find printed copies of the laws.
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