Courtesy of ABC Action News
Published February 24, 202
CLEARWATER — Law enforcement officers in Florida are now
allowed to park their work vehicles in their driveways, despite what HOA has
to say about it.
On Friday, Gov. Ron
DeSantis signed S.B. 476 -- the law enforcement vehicles law
-- which protects law enforcement officers from being told
by their HOA they can't park their work vehicles in their
This comes after ABC Action News reported the story back in
August of 2019.
Holiday Isles Management is the company that manages the HOA.
They told ABC Action News in October 2019 the company can
make recommendations and consult for the HOA, but they say
final decisions lie with the HOA's board.
The HOA of Eastlake Woodlands sent the Clearwater police
officer and her husband a letter that threatened them with
violation costs if they didn't stop parking a marked police
cruiser in their driveway.
The family told
the HOA they were grandfathered in by a former board president but the HOA
did not recognize that letter at first. After ABC Action News reported on
the story twice, the HOA changed its tune and decided to honor the
grandfather letter but told the family if they sell the house, they must
inform the next owners of the HOA rules.
"My gut reaction was 'this can’t be real, this flies in the face of common
sense,'” Chris Sprowls, a House Rep. for District 65, previously told ABC
Sprowls posted about it to Facebook and linked our article saying it’s time
to clarify the law. Ed Hooper, State Senator in District 60, agreed.
"Having that visible deterrent in plain sight — if I were someone who was
looking to [commit a crime] that, it would certainly tell me like maybe stay
out of this neighborhood,” Hooper previously told ABC Action News.
"It’s a waste of a lot of peoples time and it’s beyond silly." Dan Parri, a
family friend of the officer involved. But he says it needs to be done
because he doesn't want this to happen ever again.
The Clearwater police chief, Dan Slaughter, previously told ABC Action News
it's crucial officers get take-home cars because they need to be able to
respond from anywhere at a moments notice.
"A car is not a perk," he told ABC Action News in October. "It's part of our
He found out about the issue back in August -- months later he's thankful to
see lawmakers tackle the issue on a state level.
"Even in law-enforcement we have a rule that if you misuse laws and bills or
authority then you lose it. And I think that’s what really happened here,"
he told ABC Action News in October.
READ SB 476 -- SIGNED INTO