Dade City Commission restricts junked vehicles

Published July 13, 2016

DADE CITY — City commissioners have passed an ordinance that will land owners of junked vehicles on public and private property in court if they are not removed.

During a meeting Tuesday night, the Dade City Commission approved an ordinance banning disabled vehicles in public view that are clearly inoperable, have vegetation growing under and up to the body of the vehicle, or are generally unsightly.

The ordinance also addresses vehicles that do not have updated registration, which can be used under the new law as one of the criteria for declaring a vehicle inoperable, though owners can provide proof to city code enforcement that a vehicle is drivable.

Under the ordinance, code enforcement will be allowed to issue an order for a vehicle to be removed within 10 days. If the vehicle is not removed in that time, a citation will be issued requiring the owner to appear in County Court.

In other action, the commission accepted the introduction of an anti-fracking ordinance and set two public hearings on the proposal.

The ordinance would ban hydraulic fracturing and drilling in the city, saying it would be a hazard to environmentally sensitive areas, including the water supply. The commission is slated to hold a first reading on the ordinance July 28, followed by a second reading Aug. 9.