Use of Town Seal
As a general rule, it is improper to use any protected or trademarked Town symbol in a campaign advertisement or literature, and the use of the Town official seal in any campaign materials is prohibited. Section 2-1 of the Town Code provides that the Town seal or image shall be deemed the official Town of Surfside logo to be used in official Town business, and that no other than the Town may employ this image or anything similar. Section 165.043, Florida Statutes, similarly provides that the manufacture, use, display, or other employment of any facsimile or reproduction of the municipal or Town seal, except by municipal officials or employees in the performance of their official duties, without the express approval of the governing body, is a second degree misdemeanor, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, Florida Statutes. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the incidental use of the Town logo or seal for campaign activities may be permissible under limited circumstances.