Does the city have an ordinance that prohibits the blocking of sidewalks with vehicles, boats, trailers, etc.?

Sec. 19.5-53. - Stopping, standing or parking prohibited in specified places.

(a)  Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with law or the directions of a law enforcement officer or official traffic control device, no person shall:

(1)  Stop, stand or park a vehicle:

a.  On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street.

b.  On a sidewalk.

c.  Within an intersection.

d.  On a crosswalk.

e.  Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty (30) feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the Division of Road Operations of the Florida Department of Transportation, Okaloosa County, or the city indicates a different length by signs or markings.

f.  Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic.

g.  Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a street.

h.  On a bicycle path.

i.  At any place where official traffic control devices prohibit stopping.

j.  At any place where official signs prohibit stopping, standing or parking.

(2)  Stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger or passengers:

a.  In front of a public or private driveway.

b.  Within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant.

c.  Within twenty (20) feet of a crosswalk at an intersection.

d.  Within thirty (30) feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway.

e.  Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five (75) feet of such entrance (when properly sign-posted).

f.  On an exclusive bicycle lane.

g.  At any place where official traffic control devices prohibit standing.

h.  Upon any median strip.

i.  At any place where official signs prohibit parking.

j.  On any roadway.

(b)  No person shall move a vehicle not lawfully under his control into any such prohibited area or away from a curb such a distance as is unlawful.

(c)  A law enforcement officer or parking enforcement specialist who discovers a vehicle parked in violation of this section or any part of this division may:

(1)  Issue a ticket or citation and attach it to the parked vehicle in a conspicuous location on said vehicle;

(2)  Tow said vehicle if the violation causes a safety hazard to other vehicles or pedestrians, or is a liability to city interests such as roadway repairs, right-of-way maintenance, public utility repair or maintenance, or if the violation occurs in an area where official signs prohibit parking.

9.05.00. - Conserve established residential neighborhoods.

6.  The following, unless otherwise stated, shall only be allowed to be parked and/or stored on an improved accessway/vehicle use area as defined herein or the side yard area closest to the improved accessway/vehicle use area on any residentially zoned property and shall not be allowed within the public right-of-way unless otherwise permitted (Refer to Article 8, Section

a.  Multiple motor vehicles as defined by Chapter 320 of Florida Statutes (all operable and under current registration), not including recreational vehicle-type units and trailers as referenced below, are permitted only on improved accessways/vehicle use areas or the side yard area closest to the improved accessway/vehicle use area.

b.  One (1) recreational vehicle-type unit, as defined by Chapter 320.01(1)(b) of Florida Statutes (operable and under current registration), plus two (2) of the following for a total of three (3) are allowed:

1.  Vessels (under current registration and properly tagged) with trailer (under current registration) or vessels with multiple personal watercraft (all under current registration and properly tagged) on single trailers (under current registration). All vessels shall be on a trailer when parked or stored; and

2.  Trailers (operable and under current registration), which shall include but not be limited to any storage trailers, utility trailers, horse trailers, and vessel trailers.

c.  Temporary Portable on Demand Storage (PODS) units, shipping containers or similar portable storage units and dumpsters shall not be stored for longer than 30 days unless an active building permit is on file with the city.

All other motor vehicles, recreation vehicle-type units, vessels, trailers, and temporary portable storage units, beyond what is allowed as stated above, shall either be stored in an enclosed building, off-site or located within the rear or side yard behind the front of the primary structure on the property and not visible, while standing at grade, from any adjoining property or the public right-of-way.

Sec. 19.5-56. - Penalty for violations and for nonpayment.

(a)  The penalty for violation of this division shall be thirty dollars ($30.00), as established by the city council and may be modified by the city council, payable within thirty (30) days.

(b)  After adjudication of guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction, or a written plea of guilty to any violation in this article, it shall be a separate violation for any person to fail or refuse to pay the required fine. The penalty for a violation of this section shall be a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) or imprisonment of not more than five (5) days, or both, at the discretion of the court.

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1. During my morning walks, I see dogs roaming around the neighborhood and tearing up people's trash. What should I do?
2. I have received a notice from the City's Code Enforcement Officer for violating one of the City's codes. I need more time to correct the problem, what should I do?
3. What happens when a person who was cited for violating a City ordinance fails to comply?
4. I worked in my yard this weekend and have placed a lot of lawn debris out at the curb. Who will pick it up and when?
5. What is the process to remove a derelict vessel?
6. Does the city have an ordinance that prohibits the blocking of sidewalks with vehicles, boats, trailers, etc.?
7. How do I contact the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR)?