During a recent Winter Haven Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board meeting, the downtown parking ticket fines for those who park in designated spaces for longer than the 2-hour limit (overtime parking violations) were discussed, and it was recommended that the parking ticket fines for a first violation be increased.
All parking (save for a handful of reserved spaces) is free in downtown Winter Haven. The fee kicks in for people who remain in 2-hour only designated spaces for more than 2-hours.
Currently, the parking ticket fine is $10.00 for a first violation. If you receive 4 or more violations in a twelve month period that fine increases to $25.00 for each violation. On January 9, the City Commission heard the first reading of an ordiance to change the parking fee structure. The proposed change increases the intial fine to $25.00 for overtime violations and increased to $35.00 if not paid within ten calendar days.
A survey of surrounding areas was conducted with the following results:
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According to the ordinance, the owner or operator will have until 5:00 p.m. of the fifth business day, following the day the notice has been given, to pay the police department for said violation. After 5:00 p.m. on the fifth business day following the day the notice is given, but no later than ten calendar days, the owner will pay the police department $35.00.
The second reading of the ordinance will be during the commission meeting being held on January 23. If they vote to approve the penalty it will go into affect 30 days after the vote.
If you have a thought on this ordinance change, please contact your City Commissioners directly at:
Mayor Steven Hunnicutt - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Pro Tem Nathaniel Birdsong - email@example.com
Commissioner Pete Chichetto - firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Brad Dantzler - email@example.com
Commissioner William Twyford - firstname.lastname@example.org