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Seminole passes two parking ordinances
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SEMINOLE – Owners of nonpassenger vehicles will soon be unable to park them on city streets overnight and will be restricted as to where they can park them on their property.

The Seminole City Council passed two ordinances on first reading April 28 that will change the way residents can park recreational vehicles, boats, trailers and vehicles.

The first ordinance, which passed unanimously, prohibits the parking of recreational vehicles, vessels, watercraft, trailers, commercial motor vehicles, cargo vehicles in excess of three-quarters of a ton, truck tractors and semi-trailers within the public right-of-way in residential neighborhoods from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

“Will school buses be included?” asked Councilor Patricia Plantamura. “We’ve got a school bus that is parked in the street in my neighborhood and people can’t get around it.”

City Attorney John Elias said a school bus would likely fall under the description of commercial motor vehicle and would be covered by the ordinance.

The second ordinance, which passed on a 5-1 vote (Plantamura voted against it), limits to two the number of vessels, recreation vehicles and trailers that will be permitted to park between the public right of way and the front building line of a residential home.

Parking will be allowed when it doesn’t visually block access to neighboring properties. All boats and watercraft must be on a trailer. All trailers and vehicles parked in the front yard must be perpendicular to the street except when parking on a circular or multi-angle driveway. Also, no boat, trailer or vehicle can extend into the public right of way (sidewalk or street).

The two ordinances were crafted following a city survey last fall when residents indicated an interest in changes to the code.

Both ordinances will go through a final public hearing and a second reading at the next City Council meeting May 12 when they are expected to become law.

In other action, the council:

• Established a no-parking zone on the north side of 70th Avenue, 160 feet east and west of the entry point to Seminole Elementary School. School officials requested the zone to provide a safer exit for parents who are picking up students.

• Selected Biltmore Construction of Belleair as the construction manager for the city’s new Public Works Operations and Administration/EOC buildings on 70th Avenue.

• Passed a resolution acknowledging 23-year-old Brittany Lincicome’s April 5 victory in the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif. It was the Seminole High grad’s third pro victory and her first win in a major tournament. She collected $300,000.

• Passed an ordinance to amend the budget to provide $783,729 from city reserves to pay year-end balances to various vendors.

• Passed on second reading an ordinance to update the city’s codes so that they meet recent upgrades to the Florida Building Code and the Florida Fire Prevention Code.

• Approved co-sponsorship of the 30th annual Kids Appreciation Day June 2 at City Park.

• Appointed Councilor Leslie Waters as the city representative to the Suncoast League of Cities. Kept Councilor Patricia Hartstein as the alternate.

• Reappointed Jack Russell for a two-year term to the Developmental Review Board.
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