Town of Zolfo Springs, FL
Hardee County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Zolfo Springs 9-11-1972 by Ord. No. 132. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Property maintenance — See Ch. 218.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 269.
The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter:
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company, or organization of any kind.
Any real property within the corporate limits of the Town which is not a street or highway.
The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
A machine propelled by power other than human power designed to travel along the ground by use of wheels, treads, runners, or slides and to transport persons or property or pull machinery and shall include, without limitation, an automobile, truck, trailer, motorcycle, tractor, buggy and wagon.
No person shall abandon any vehicle within the corporate limits of the Town, and no person shall leave any vehicle at any place within the corporate limits of the Town for such time and under such circumstances as to cause such vehicle reasonably to appear to have been abandoned.
[Amended 3-24-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-01]
No person shall leave any licensed or unlicensed inoperable vehicle or real property, including partially dismantled, wrecked or junked vehicles, on any roadway within the corporate limits of the Town for more than 72 hours. The parking of such vehicles may be allowed if the vehicle is in a fully enclosed building, or on the premises of a licensed junkyard.
No person in charge or control of any property within the corporate limits of the Town, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, or otherwise, shall allow any partially dismantled, nonoperating, wrecked, junked, or discarded vehicle to remain on such property longer than 72 hours, and no person shall leave any such vehicle on any property within the corporate limits of the Town for a longer time than 72 hours, except that this chapter shall not apply with regard to a vehicle in an enclosed building; a vehicle on the premises of a business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner, and for which a license shall have been issued, when necessary to the operation of such business enterprise, or a vehicle in an appropriate storage place or depository maintained in a lawful place and manner by the Town.
It shall be the duty of the Mayor, or his designee, to give written notice to the registered owner of any vehicle which is in violation of this chapter as above described, or to give such notice to the owner, lessee or person in possession of the private land whereon said vehicle is situated where the identity of the registered owner is not readily ascertainable, advising such person or persons that said vehicle violates this chapter and demanding that said motor vehicle be removed from the Town within 72 hours or that within 72 hours the same be housed in an enclosed building where it will not be visible from the street. Such notice may be given by personal service or by registered mail.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to arrest and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine of $25, together with the costs of towing and storage.
This chapter is subject to enforcement as a civil infraction pursuant to Chapter 8, Code Enforcement, of the Code of the Town of Zolfo Springs.[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder; provided, however, that if the person, firm, or corporation receiving the notice provided hereinabove executes a written agreement authorizing the removal of such vehicle or vehicles, the Town will remove, or cause to be removed, the vehicle, with the cost to be charged to the person receiving said notice, and no warrant for arrest shall be issued.