Town of Zolfo Springs, FL
Hardee County
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[Adopted by the Town Commission 6-21-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-07]
The Town Commission finds that orderly regulation of stopping, standing and parking of vehicles is important to the protection of the public health, safety, welfare and aesthetics of the Town. It is the Commission's intent that this article, in conjunction with other provisions in the Town Code, provides such orderly regulation.
A. 
Parking prohibited in certain places. Parking is prohibited in the following general locations:
(1) 
On a sidewalk;
(2) 
In front of a public or private driveway;
(3) 
On or over a water meter box.
(4) 
Within an intersection;
(5) 
Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant;
(6) 
On a crosswalk;
(7) 
Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;
(8) 
Within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop sign, or traffic control signal located at the side of a street;
(9) 
Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 30 feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the traffic authority indicates a different length by signs or markings;
(10) 
Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any police or fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any police or fire station within 50 feet of such entrance;
(11) 
Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when such stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic;
(12) 
On the street side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge of curb or street, or what is commonly known as double parking;
(13) 
Upon any bridge;
(14) 
At any place where official signs prohibit stopping.
B. 
Moving vehicle into prohibited location. It shall be unlawful for any person to move a vehicle not owned by such person into any such prohibited area or away from a curb such distance as is unlawful.
C. 
Manner of parking. It shall be unlawful for any person to stand or park a vehicle in a street other than parallel with the edge of the street headed in the direction of traffic, and with the curbside wheels of the vehicle within 12 inches of the edge of the street, except as provided in the following subsections:
(1) 
Angle parking. Upon those streets which have been marked or signed for angle parking, vehicles shall be parked at the angle to the curb indicated by such mark or signs.
(2) 
Loading or unloading. In places where, and at hours when, stopping for the loading or unloading of merchandise or materials is permitted, vehicles used for the transportation of merchandise or materials may back into the curb to take on or to discharge loads. Such loading shall take place in zones designated by the Town Manager and shall be appropriately marked. No loading or unloading shall block or disrupt normal traffic flow unless special permission has been granted in writing from the Town Manager specifying the hours when such loading or unloading may occur.
D. 
Unlawful parking for ancillary purposes. It shall be unlawful for any person to stand or park a vehicle upon any street or right-of-way for the principal purpose of:
(1) 
Displaying it for sale;
(2) 
Washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle, except repairs necessitated by an emergency.
(3) 
Advertisement, when such advertisement is the primary purpose of parking, stopping or standing a vehicle.
(4) 
Except as provided in this article for loading zones, advertisement or sale of goods or services when such advertisement or sale of any merchandise of value is the primary purpose of parking, stopping or standing a vehicle.
When signs are erected in any area indicating that no parking shall occur in such area, it shall be unlawful for any person to stop, stand or park a vehicle in any such designated place. Parking in Town parks, recreation areas and Town Hall shall be regulated as follows. The following are prohibited:
A. 
Parking a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such use shall be in accordance with the posted directions, special event instructions, and with the instructions of any attendant or law enforcement officer who may be present.
B. 
Leaving a vehicle standing or parked at night without lights clearly visible for at least 20 feet from both front and rear on any driveway or road area except legally established parking areas.
C. 
Leaving a vehicle standing or parked overnight, except that official parking shall be allowed at Town Hall by Town permit or written agreement.
D. 
Failing to immediately notify, within one hour, a Town law enforcement officer of an emergency in the nature of a breakdown requiring the assistance of a tow truck, mechanic or other person.
E. 
Parking or leaving a vehicle parked or standing at a Town park for a purpose other than use of that park.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 212, Art. II, Traffic and Parking in Parks.
A. 
When signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall at any time park a vehicle for a period of time longer than the time provided. The Town Manager shall determine the time periods considering the advice of the Chief of Police, in order to provide orderly motor vehicle parking.
B. 
The changing of the position of a vehicle from one point directly to another point within the same block shall be deemed one continuous parking period.
When single-vehicle parking spaces are delineated by lines painted upon the streets or off-street parking areas of the Town, a parked vehicle shall occupy the space wholly within the lines delineated for single-vehicle parking, and no person shall park a vehicle whereby the vehicle shall extend beyond the lines delineated for single-vehicle parking.
When signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall park a vehicle, except by permit from the Town Manager, within the designated streets or parking lots, or portions thereof:
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to stop, stand or park any vehicle upon a street or alley in such a manner or under conditions as to leave available less than 10 feet of the width of the street for free movement of vehicular traffic, except that a driver may stop temporarily during the actual loading or unloading of passengers or when necessary in obedience to traffic regulations, traffic signs or a law enforcement officer. This shall include parking on a roadway in a traffic lane on a roadway with three or more lanes of traffic.
B. 
When signs are erected giving notice, it shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle at any time upon such streets.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to stop, stand or park a vehicle on a street or alley for any purpose or period of time other than for the expeditious loading or unloading of passengers in any place marked as "passenger zone" during hours when the regulations applicable to such passenger zones are effective, and then only for a period not to exceed five minutes.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to stop, stand or park a vehicle on a street or alley for any purpose or length of time other than for the expeditious unloading and delivery, or pickup and loading, of materials, in any place marked as a loading zone, during the hours when the provisions applicable to loading zones are in effect. In no case shall the stop for loading and unloading of material exceed 30 minutes.
A. 
No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended in any public place, street, or parking lot, either private or public, without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the ignition key from the vehicle, effectively setting the brake thereon and, when standing upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway. Law enforcement officers and fire officials in the course and scope of their duties are excepted from this prohibition.
B. 
Whenever any law enforcement officer shall find a motor vehicle standing unattended with the ignition key in the vehicle in violation of this section, such law enforcement officer is authorized to remove such key from such vehicle and to deliver such key to the law enforcement department.
C. 
The registered owner of a vehicle found in violation of this section shall be held prima facie responsible for any such violation.
It shall be unlawful for any person to allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in his name to stand or park in any street in this Town in violation of this article or of any of the ordinances of the Town regulating the standing or parking of vehicles.
The law enforcement officer of the Town is authorized to take up or cause to be taken up or removed to a place designated by the Town Manager any vehicle parked in violation of any of the provisions of the parking ordinances and is authorized and empowered to keep the vehicle in such place so designated by the Town Manager until all fines and charges assessed for moving and storage against the owner and the vehicle have been paid or satisfactory bond arranged.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to allow, permit or cause an inoperative vehicle or a vehicle not displaying a current license tag or which otherwise may not be legally operated on public streets to stand or park on any street or right-of-way in the Town except that any vehicle because of an unexpected mechanical breakdown or accident may remain on such public street or right-of-way in a safe location for a reasonable period of time, said time not to exceed four hours in duration for the purpose of having the vehicle towed, repaired or otherwise removed from the public right-of-way or street.
B. 
A vehicle shall be deemed to be inoperative if such vehicle is not able to be operated legally and in a normal manner on the public streets, including a requirement that such vehicle be properly licensed pursuant to state law for operation on public streets.
A. 
Unless otherwise provided by a sign prohibiting the act violated, any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not to exceed $500 or by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days or by both such fine and imprisonment.
B. 
Furthermore, the provisions of this section may be enforced in accordance with Code Enforcement provisions[1] under Town Code, or any other remedy available under the ordinances of the Town of Zolfo Springs, or the laws of the State of Florida.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 8, Code Enforcement.