Fla. sheriff’s unconventional ‘welcome’ sign for the county jail is a real head-turner

Signs for the “Green Roof Inn” in one Florida county are actually aimed at discouraging potential visitors from checking in.

That’s because the green neon signs, with an accompanying red “Vacancy” sign, are advertising for the Flagler County Jail.

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly has been referring to the county jail as the “Green Roof Inn” for more than a year, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Three new signs with the nickname were unveiled Thursday at the corrections complex in Bunnell – all paid for with drug-seized assets.

A list of “accommodations” touted what “guests” of the jail can enjoy during their stay: No privacy, group bathrooms and showers, no meal selection, and free transportation to the courthouse or state prison. Guests are also promised color-coordinated, free “designer” clothing and designer “jewelry” – otherwise known as “handcuffs & leg irons.”

“The purpose of the signs is crime prevention,” Staly said. “It is a warning to potential offenders that the jail is not a 5-star hotel. When you get arrested, we provide the minimum accommodations as required by law. Once an offender ‘checks-in’ they lose their basic freedoms. They don’t decide what to eat, wear, or do with their day.”

According to the News-Journal :

Flagler opened a 12-pod, 272-bed lockup on the detention center campus in July 2016 that was part of a $19 million overhaul to the inmate facility. The project tripled the county’s inmate capacity from 132 to more than 400.

Accordingly, Flagler’s inmate population swelled in 2017 and hit a record high of 212 in July. On Thursday, there were 217 prisoners in the county jail.

“Hopefully when people see the signs and the list of accommodations offered, they will think twice about committing a crime in Flagler County,” Staly said.

“I hope you don’t enjoy your stay,” Staly said in a video promoting the “inn” and its rooms without a view.

“We have a one-star rating and we’re working to lower that as I’m speaking,” he said.

(Image: screenshot)

A sign near the exit thanks departing “guests” and reminds them that “the light is always on and beds are always available” at the Green Roof Inn.

Twitter users found the creative approach by the sheriff highly entertaining, and hoped the message was loud and clear for potential criminals.


Frieda Powers


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