In a story that should come as no surprise to anyone who’s ever had to deal with a homeowner’s association, a Florida law enforcement officer has been threatened with legal action for parking her police cruiser in her driveway.
The East Lake police officer, who hasn’t been identified, has received a letter from her HOA demanding she stops parking her marked car in the driveway. Although the HOA cites a Florida law that allows HOAs to prohibit commercial vehicles from being left in driveways or on streets, Dan Parri, who’s representing the woman, says the precedent doesn’t apply to this case. He points to a 2005 case in which police vehicles were determined to be non-commercial. “They don’t have that vehicle for the purpose of profit,” Parri says of the officer and her husband, who’s also on the force. “Like, this is the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard of.”
Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter has even gotten involved in the dispute, saying, “The community has demanded officers be dedicated community servants and respond, day or night, to emergencies. This officer and her spouse have served her community admirably.” Despite the backlash, HOA officials have so far stuck to their guns and refused to comment on the matter.
I think this is ridiculous. I feel safer when a cop car is parked in my neighborhood; it’s a deterrent. This HOA better change their minds real fast.