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New Florida bill would let law enforcement officers park patrol cars at home

Posted at 6:12 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 18:12:04-04

(WTXL) — A battle between a Florida police officer and home owners association could result in a new law.

Senator Ed Hooper and Representative Chip LaMarca announced the bill Wednesday.

It would ensure officers could park their law enforcement vehicles at home in their designated spot without fear of violating an association's rules.

The bill comes after Holiday Isles Management threatened a Clearwater cop with fines for parking her squad car in the driveway. Though Sen. Hooper said he's a believer of home-rule property rights, he felt allowing squad cars to park in the open would help deter crime.

"We would be remiss if we didn't do everything in our power to make sure our constituents have everything available to them," said Hooper. "This costs the tax payer absolutely nothing."

Hooper was unsure how widespread the issue was. He said he was motivated to act by news reports in his district on the Clearwater feud.