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No one objects as city takes on "wildcat' tows

No unregulated wreckers _ or any other member of the public attending Thursday's City Council meeting _ objected to a proposal that promises to make "wildcat" towing less profitable.

The council plans to make tow trucks that haul cars from private lots follow the same regulations as those that tow from city streets. Private-lot towers sometimes charge as much as $150. Those fees would be capped at $75. Some towers say that's not enough money.

The City Council is scheduled to take a final vote on the ordinance next week.

Also pending is a controversial annexation of wetlands in northern Hillsborough County. Lennar Homes, a developer that owns 376 acres west of Interstate 75, is asking Tampa to annex the land.

A coalition of Lutz activists challenged the annexation earlier this year when it included land west of the interstate. Though Lutz is no longer directly affected by the revised plan, activists still say they oppose it. The council plans to vote on it Nov. 13.