Following a long discussion, the Hollywood Commission passed on first reading an update to the current parking ordinance. Many suggestions were given by the Commission.

By the next reading, the language and procedures will be finalized. The goal of the update is to formalize the parking permits process into an official ordinance.

Some suggested changes to the existing ordinance include: banning on-street parking of semi-trucks and tractor trailers during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., the adding of a section to cite and tow vehicles with expired tags, adding an allowance for Parking and Code Compliance staff to tow as needed, and adding a sliding scale for penalties for improper parking.

This ordnance modification will set the stage to create a beach resident permit program. The fee for such a permit will be set by the Commission at a later date.

The date for a second reading has not been set at this time.

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David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.


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