Fort Lauderdale Bans Photography as “A Matter of Public Safety” [Updated]

A star-studded cast is currently involved in shooting “Rock of Ages” in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the producers have declared a 3-block area of the downtown area as a no-photography-zone.  Signs posted in the area read as follows:

Warning. No trespassing. Photography of this area is prohibited. Strictly enforced by FLPD. Violators subjet (sic) to arrest. City Ordinance 16-1

Private security and off-duty Fort Lauderdale are apparently attempting to enforce the ban.  When questioned regarding the ban on photography in a public area, a city spokesman stated that a crowd of paparazzi has been growing larger since the start of the shoot with Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti, and Bryan Cranston.  As a result, the city considers the ban on photography “a matter of public safety.”

While the public is still allowed in the area to visit local business establishments, the city is sticking to its guns that photography is not allowed while doing so.

[via Sun Sentinel]

[UPDATE: A judge has signed off on an injunction that expressly states you can take photos from any place where the public is allowed to be. – (thanks Mark) Agreed Order via Pixiq]