Coral Gables To Enforce Pick-Up Truck Ban

CORAL GABLES (CBS4)- Starting this month, the city of Coral Gables will issue warning notices to owners of pickup trucks who do not park their trucks inside their garages at night.

Since the 1960s, the city has banned people from parking their pickup trucks in their driveways or on city streets from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

After Aug. 8, Coral Gables will start issuing tickets to people who violate the parking ban, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.

The city has resumed enforcement of this controversial law because last month, the Florida Supreme Court decided not to consider an appeal by Lowell Kuvin, who sued Coral Gables in 2003 after code enforcement officers cited him for parking his pickup truck on a residential street.

City spokeswoman Maria Rosa Higgins Fallon said, “Historically, Coral Gables has gone through great lengths to preserve its character through the enforcement of its zoning code, a reason why in a downward economy, property values in Coral Gables have fared better than in other neighboring communities.”

Fallon said Tuesday she didn’t know how much fines would be.

Critics have said the ban on the overnight parking of pickup trucks is outdated and unreasonable.

For more information, call the city’s code enforcement department at 305-460-5226.

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  • Al

    Letter sent tot the city zoning office:

    I find the pickup truck outdoor parking ban to be an absurd and illogical law that Coconut Grove has chosen to enforce.

    I am the owner of a brand new Ford F150 pickup, and find the law highly discriminatory and inflammatory toward owners of one particular auto body style. A parking ban on, say… All SUVs would be less discriminatory yet more illogical (and likely more unpopular) as say a ban on all Mercedes, BMWs, or expensive luxury cars.

    In the end, threats of enforcement of this zoning have successfully “run off” my business to favorite Coconut Grove dining and shopping establishments as I am no more willing to risk a large fine for parking outdoors during dinner hours than I am inclined to purchase another new $30k vehicle just so that I fit the personal preference of a particular council member in the area who doesn’t prefer pickup trucks.

    I hope you can see the logic in this discrimination, as much as if I were to ban your current vehicle from my own community. A quick resolution and retraction of this law is necessary, and I know you will work hard to ensure the financial health of your small business community by allowing those of us with SUVs to still shop and dine in our favorite establishments there in the Grove.

    Resident of Key Largo FL / Executive Manager and Small Business owner    

    Sent from my iPad

  • clayrenoit

    Sounds like Building & Zoning wants you to build a garage. Maybe no sales for permits. This is a way to scam folks out of money…Look play along with them. Go buy a beat up rolls or beat up bmw,bentley and buy something that smokes bad. leaves a strick of oil down the street. People start driving junk and the trucks will be back….Everyone Drive junk and they will say there is a law from the 1800 that will have building & Zoning fine PEOPLE THAT DRIVE JUNK ….Look your paying your property taxes and this has someone mad…All the streets are nice. Homes look nice….Picking truck owners apart…Start driving junk. The Zoning will be happy to see a truck owner driving a nice truck down the streets…Not junk..But if someone starts the trash again about some law from 1800 I would have to say to the Zoning Department YOU NEED TO GROW UP AND GET A LIFE .

  • clayrenoit

    There making it sound as if there were no trucks even back then. But there were more trucks than cars….Again Who cares about the law that for back. We are in 2011 the laws should change. Up- dated we don’t live in those years.



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