FLORIDA – HOA tells Clearwater officer to move police cruiser into her garage or face legal action
abcactionnews: HOA tells Clearwater officer to move police cruiser into her garage or face legal action
By: Heather Leigh
August 27, 2019
EAST LAKE, Fla. — A Clearwater police officer is facing an ultimatum in her East Lake neighborhood: Stop parking her marked police cruiser in her driveway, or pay hundreds of dollars in violation costs.
“The first thought is, it a joke? Like this is the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard of,” said Dan Parri, a family friend speaking on behalf of the officer and her husband who is also in law enforcement.
Parri says officers take home their marked cruisers to speed up response times. He says it also deters crime.
“Every place that I’ve ever lived, if I had a police cruiser parked next to me I felt safer,” he said.
State law says HOA’s can prohibit commercial vehicles from parking in driveways but an opinion issued in 2005, by then State Attorney Charlie Crist , a law enforcement vehicle is not considered commercial.
“They don’t have that vehicle for the purpose of profit,” Parri said. Read more: