Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Plan Targets Bad Parking Cars on Private Property Would Face Fine in Neptune

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Plan Targets Bad Parking Cars on Private Property Would Face Fine in Neptune

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NEPTUNE BEACH -- Parking on private property in this city without the owners' permission could soon cost violators a $25 ticket.

Monday night the City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance introduced by Councilman Robert Shimp. It allows police to ticket vehicles parked on private property if the owner complains.

The problem stems from visitors to the beach or public parks blocking private driveways -- and parking on the lawns of residents who object, especially east of Third Street.

Patrons of restaurants and bars on the north end of First Street also contribute to the problem, officials said.

Without the city ordinance, the only recourse property owners have is calling for a tow truck. Some residents who have had offending vehicles impounded fear reprisals when the owners return to find the vehicle gone.

If a vehicle is impounded it will cost the owner $75 plus $15 a day storage to get the vehicle back, said Lynda Gammons of Willie's Towing on Levy Road in Atlantic Beach, one of several area towing companies that might be called by Neptune Beach residents. …

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