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Q&A: Law bars blocking sidewalk, churches in Mecca, voting for Social Security

Blocking sidewalk a no-no

My neighbor has started parking his truck in his driveway so that it blocks the sidewalk. I use the sidewalk every morning when I walk my dogs, and I don't like taking them into the street to get around his truck. When I asked him not to park there, he said it was his driveway and he would park there if he wanted to. So two questions: Is it against the law for him to park in his driveway and block the sidewalk, and if it is, who do I call to complain? I live in St. Petersburg, but would not call 911 over this.

Keith Glasgow, special collections officer for the city of St. Petersburg, is in charge of parking enforcement. He said blocking a sidewalk is a violation of the city ordinance, and that you should report it to the police nonemergency line at (727) 893-7780.

The city ordinance reads:

"No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic-control device, in or on a tree line, which for this purpose shall be construed to mean that space between the property line and the curb or street or pavement edge, when any of the following conditions exist:

"(1) Should the parked vehicle block the sidewalk or that area normally used by pedestrians."

For the full language of the ordinance, go online to: library.municode.com/index.aspx? clientId=11602&stateId=9&stateName=Florida.

Then click on Chapter 26, then Article IV, then Sec. 26-134.

No churches in Mecca

The proposed mosque near ground zero has inflamed a lot of people in the United States who believe it's insensitive for Muslims to build a place of worship there. Are there any Christian churches near the middle of Mecca, the holiest Muslim city?

Only Muslims are allowed in the cities of Mecca and Medina, according to the U.S. State Department.

A Social Security vote tally

Social Security celebrated its 75th birthday. How many Republicans voted for it in the Senate and the House in 1935? How many Democrats voted against it? Where can the specifics of this data be found?

The House vote on the Social Security Act took place on April 19, 1935, and 81 Republicans and 284 Democrats voted for it, while 15 Democrats and 15 Republicans voted against it. The Senate vote on the bill took place on June 19, 1935, and 16 Republicans and 60 Democrats voted for it, while one Democrat and five Republicans voted against it. For a complete breakdown of votes, which also includes those who did not vote and those representing the Farm Labor and Progressive parties, visit www.ssa.gov/history/tally.html.

Q&A: Law bars blocking sidewalk, churches in Mecca, voting for Social Security 09/05/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:27pm]

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