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Code enforcement officers could soon be writing parking tickets in Tampa

Posted at 5:45 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 07:53:52-04

TAMPA, Fla. — The City of Tampa is working to address the need for more parking enforcement by training their Code Enforcement Officers to issue citations.

The proposed plan would not create a new Parking Enforcement Division, as originally proposed, but instead would maximize the use of existing resources to address the need for more parking enforcement coverage throughout the city.

City leaders say this offers a "'no-cost" option to address concerns about the need for enhanced parking enforcement.

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The proposed plan will not require any overtime and will involve expanding the capabilities of the existing Code Enforcement team, according to city reports.

The Code Enforcement Officer will complete the necessary training and certification to provide parking enforcement coverage. While the city is finalizing housekeeping items to get this team started, the Tampa Police Department has offered to provide more coverage in the interim.

In addition to training the officers, the other item to finalize is modifying City Code Chapter 19 to allow these Code Enforcement Officers to write the parking citations.

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This code change will be presented to Tampa City Council for approval in the near future, according to the city.

If city code is changed to create this new team, the city plans to notify community members through social media about the enhanced parking enforcement.

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