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Gulf Breeze Parking Ordinance passed
GULF BREEZE -- Joe Walsh has lived in his Gulf Breeze home for 23 years. He says when he bought his house he never would have imagined how he parks his car would be an issue.
"My daughter has a car, and if I have some people stop over, can I fit it in that space right there" said Joe Walsh, Gulf Breeze resident.
Walsh has to park his third car in the grass because his driveway comfortably fits only two cars.
Elizabeth Scully, another longtime Gulf Breeze resident, is also upset with the new parking rules.
"People's things in their own yards ought to be people's things in their own yards" said Elizabeth Scully, Gulf Breeze resident.
The ordinance prohibits people from parking boats, trailers, and RV's in their front yards. All vehicles can only be parked on the driveway, not the grass. Vehicles must be kept neat, clean and in working order. Residents are also not allowed to park commercial vehicles on the street except for loading and unloading, and even that cannot exceed 6 hours.
"People have enough sense to know not to pile stuff all over their yard and if they do they're just going to kill their grass anyway, they ought to give us credit for more brains" said Scully.
The city claims boats and RVs parked in the grass affects the soil and storm drainage. Earlier this summer, about 300 residents signed a petition against the ordinance. Now that the ordinance has passed, many people feel the city has gone too far.
"Private property is private property and that's the way it should be" said Walsh.
The city has not finalized a start date for code enforcement to start issuing citations for violators, or how much they will be.
The city plans to spend the next few days notifying people of the new ordinance.