For 50 years, residents of Coral Gables, Florida weren't permitted to park pickup trucks in their driveways due to a local ordinance aimed at preserving the community's classy aesthetic. As you may recall, police began enforcing the rule last year by handing out citations with a $100 fine to anyone caught parking trucks on their property overnight. The fines could climb as high as $500. Former resident Lowell Kuvin waged an eight-year legal battle with the city to get the law repealed, but the Florida Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that the municipality had the authority to control its aesthetics.

But the citizens of Coral Cables put the ordinance on this year's ballot and voted to repeal the law. While residents seemed divided on the issue, most agreed the ban now served more as a class issue than anything else. Large SUVs, for instance, were entirely acceptable under the old ban.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some HOA's are like the mafia.
      BrunoT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I spent a decade near there for a year. It was a nightmare. For a place with so many jewish citizens it sure seems a lot like Nazi Germany. You would get fined if you put your garbage out the night before instead of that morning. Got a moving truck? It'd better be gone by dark or another fine. Half the neighborhoods required you to show ID before entering. I had to shop for a place solely based on the criteria of a big enough garage to fit my truck in. The problem seems to be bored miserable old people who wish they could afford to retire up north but can't, so they want to take it out on everyone else.
        Henry ptnm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BrunoT
        You know what these people are? Nosebags. They got nothing better to do but look what their neighbors are doing and listening to gossip. What is the matter living up north? I'm retired and I live up north. Who knows, they may have cameras watching everything. Big Brother.
        sneakyp957
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BrunoT
        "The problem seems to be bored miserable old people who wish they could afford to retire up north but can't, so they want to take it out on everyone else." The problem is northern Jews and other elitists. They should stay in NYC and in Jersey,where they belong.
      gregmlr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nowadays most pickups cost more than luxury cars
        Dean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gregmlr
        ...and are just about as luxurious...
      VIPER94
      • 2 Years Ago
      hm I think they should pay you to park exotics or luxury brands in your drive way
      wilstrucking
      • 2 Years Ago
      In Riverside, CA. there is an old law on the books that says it is against the law to walk down the street carrying a lunch pail. If this is not a sign of class warfare, I don't know what is.
        JE WA ZA WI
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wilstrucking
        When I was in Japan in the early 50's,men were dressed in business suites,and carried brief cases,to give the impression they were not the ordinary labor class.Those briefcases held their lunches,the same as a lunch pail ,while they headed to factories,garages,or labor pools .They all looked very proud ,and business like to fool their neighbors ,or friends .
      Ian Lautze
      • 2 Years Ago
      "While residents seemed divided on the issue, most agreed the ban now served more as a class issue than anything else" So, some were in favor of the ban and recognized it as a class issue? *cough**********cough*
      sneakyp957
      • 2 Years Ago
      What can you say about yankees living in the south that hasn't already been said? Other than "welcome",that is.
        coach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sneakyp957
        a majority of floridians are yankees that drive the economy, the rest of florida is comprised of haitians cubans african americans and white people
          fasassvalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @coach
          I will take the Haitians,Cubans,african americans, and white people above retired yankee coachs with beer bellies and loud mouths !
      Thamra
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now there are a few thousand more stupid laws in the USA that need to be scraped.
      sabdouch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Florida, need I say more
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      Put a topper on the back and bolt a rear seat in the back. Now you have a 3 row SUV.
      Daniel D
      • 2 Years Ago
      If someone has a trade and uses their truck, for I don't know.... what they were actually designed for, as a commercial vehicle. Why is it a problem? If the truck is parked in the driveway and is kept neat and tidy who cares!
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      In 1946, my great uncle was selling his business to my dad & he moved from near the biz to the upscale North Miami . The morning after his first night there, he came in fussing, fuming, & fit to be tied. The North Miami PD had gotten him up at 1 am to move his truck to the service alley behind his new home.
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