The ban on parking pickup trucks on public streets overnight in the exclusive community of Coral Gables, Fla., has ended. After a decades-long fight with city planners who wanted to keep the smaller and narrower neighborhood streets from being cluttered with construction trucks, pickup truck owners now can park their Toyota Tacomas and Ford F-150s wherever they want.
Since the 1960s, the city has banned people from parking pickups in their driveways or on city streets from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. According to the Miami Herald, a referendum challenging the ordinance was put on the ballot this past election day, and it was put to rest.
The most recent clash of wills came eight years ago, when Lowell Kuvin, the owner of a 1993 F-150, sued the city over the ordinance. As had happened on previous attempts, a higher court (in this case, the Florida Supreme Court) ruled in favor of the city's right to control its aesthetics.
And that was just about the time Lowell moved out of Coral Gables, though he continued to fight to change the city ordinance, giving local voters a chance to offer their opinion. And now that ordinance modification has passed.
There's no word if Kuvin will move back to Coral Gables or how the city proposes to make up for revenue losses, as parking violations in the area, we're told, can range from $50 to $500, depending on the street location and the severity of the parking infraction.
As you might expect, not everyone in Coral Gables supports the idea of pickup trucks being allowed to park on public streets overnight, suggesting there is nothing wrong with requiring people to park their work trucks in the garage.