How’s this for persnickety? Coral Gables residents who own pickup trucks for private, non-commercial use cannot park them overnight in their driveways. If they don’t have a garage — or the garage is full of stuff — these homeowners must park their trucks outside the city. And residents are fined $100 the first night, then $500 the second night if they do not comply.
City leaders, who seem to deem pickup trucks déclassé, have been too worried about property values, and not worried enough about getting with the times. They should have taken the hint once Cadillac came out with its version. Plus, advocates say the county property appraiser’s office says that noncommercial pickup trucks in a driveway are not considered a detriment or a factor when judging property values. In addition, the city’s Planning & Zoning Board has twice recommended that this rule be modified.
Pickup trucks are popular vehicles for families. There are an estimated 560 in the Gables. Their owners should be able to park them in their driveways at night. The Herald recommends YES to amending Coral Gables’ pickup-truck ordinance.