SAFETY HARBOR — The City Commission unanimously passed an ordinance regulating boats, motor homes and trailers Monday despite grumbling from some residents who believe it is intrusive and unnecessary.
The ordinance states:
• If a recreational vehicle is 35 feet or less in length, it can be parked in any yard within 10 feet of the side lot line or in a driveway with the vehicle positioned perpendicular to the house. Owners must have a minimum lot area of 6,000 square feet and a minimum width of 50 feet.
• People with circular driveways can park them any way they wish.
• No more than one RV is allowed on a front yard.
• If an RV is longer than 35 feet, the owner must have a minimum lot area of 10,000 square feet and a minimum lot width of 75 feet. It also must be parked on a side or rear yard no closer than 5 feet from a lot line. A 6-foot fence or hedge must partially hide it from view.
RV owners who have land that makes complying difficult may apply for a variance.
Enforcement starts July 1, however, warnings, not tickets, will be given to first offenders.
"The intent is to address the small number of cases that have a negative impact on our neighborhoods,'' said community development director Matt McLachlan. "It's not meant to be a sweeping ordinance. It's purposely designed to address the most egregious cases.''
The rules would affect less than half of the 70 RVs in the city; some owners of the bigger vehicles may be forced to move them to a storage facility.
"I have an RV but it won't affect me,'' said Roscoe Sconyers. "But it would affect a lot of people with the economy the way it is now.''
Eileen Schulte can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 445-4153.