Now you’re trucked

The self-styled City Beautiful thinks you and your Silverado are marring the scenery:

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.

This has actually been the law since the 1960s, though enforcement has been mostly nonexistent over the years. Forget that, though:

After Aug. 8, Coral Gables will start issuing tickets to people who violate the parking ban. The first violation will cost $100. Afterward, code enforcement officers can issue tickets up to $500 for each subsequent offense.

Do I really have to explain why?

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.”

Florida property values are in the toilet, but here it’s a designer toilet. Maybe even a bidet.

(Via Autoblog.)


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  2. Jeffro »

    16 June 2011 · 4:25 pm

    If they wouldn’t have my Silverado, I suppose a farm tractor or semi would be right out. Obviously not my kind of place.

  3. Nicole »

    16 June 2011 · 7:25 pm

    So pickups will contribute to lower property values. Pretty typical thinking for a certain kind of person, I guess.

  4. CGHill »

    16 June 2011 · 7:48 pm

    Especially since a good Silverado HD, even without being crammed to the gunwales with options, will cost at least as much as an E-Class Benz.

  5. McGehee »

    16 June 2011 · 8:36 pm

    Yeah — it isn’t the value of the truck, but the imputed values of the truck’s owner, they object to.

  6. fillyjonk »

    17 June 2011 · 9:28 am

    If I lived in a place with rules like that, I’d be sorely tempted to do something like buy an old toilet, fill it with soil, put it out in the middle of my front lawn, and plant petunias in it. Or get one of those statues of a garden gnome that is mooning.

  7. Tom »

    17 June 2011 · 10:18 am

    The pickup ban didn’t work in Nichols Hills. A resident equestrienne challenged it, the city paid a packet in legal fees before losing in court. No truth to the rumor that NH bans spinners.

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