Florida the rules are different here Chapter XXII
Even a police chief's car isn't safe from being towed. I do side with the police, wondering if they would be treated the same if they had a car towed. The chief's silence is telling me she got off lightly or at no cost to her. Many bosses seem to think the same rules they enforce on their employees never apply to them.
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WPB Police Chief Delsa Bush's service Crown Vic was towed from the street in front of her gated-community home the other day. The homeowners association at The Tides of Briar Bay, where the chief owns a $330,000 home, has been enforcing a strict no street-parking rule — since a firetruck had difficulties responding in the community earlier this year.
Wait, there's more. Bush's unmarked police car was damaged in the towing. Police spokesman Ted White said "some kind of cable" was ripped out when the vehicle was hooked up. Cost to taxpayers: $96.25.
Explained Briar Bay association treasurer Jim Maher: "We notified her several times that there is no street parking. We're not singling out the chief. Parking has been a problem on the narrow streets."
According to Maher, the night-shift guard drives in a golf-cart along the manicured streets between midnight and 6 a.m. and calls Kings Wrecker for removals. Fees to recover the cars start at $100. Only GIs returning from Iraq get to to pick up their sets-of-wheels for free.
"I know the chief comes and goes at weird times because of her job, and she may leave her car on the street because her driveway is full," said next-door neighbor Randy Dyess. "But this towing is out of control. Her daughter's car was towed, too. Twice."
As news of the unfortunate towing spread in the P.D., some of Bush's cops have been wondering: What if it happened to one of them?
"There's been a lot of speculation on how we'd be disciplined if our squad cars were towed," said the officer, who asked not to be named. "We'd probably have to pay for everything ourselves."
The chief refused to comment. White said he didn't know if Bush paid the towing fee and if she will reimburse the city for the repairs.