Code crackdown in Charlotte County

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- Charlotte County is cracking down on thousands of people they say are illegally parking RVs, boats and trailers.

The county is looking to add new regulations. They want residents to pick up their toys like motor homes and park it in the driveway instead of their front lawns.

Zoning officials say they get complaints about illegally parked recreational vehicles on a daily basis.  Now the county is trying to decide whether to put new rules in place.

“I think the county should enforce the laws, I mean what good is it if you make laws and they don’t enforce them,” said Max, a Port Charlotte resident.

New regulations would allow motor homes to be parking in driveways which is currently not allowed. Boats and trailers are allowed in driveways under current laws. New regulations would limit the size, it much be shorter than 20 feet.

One homeowner says this is too much government control.

“We do live in a county and part of the reason why we don’t live in the city is so we can have a little more freedom to do what we want,” said resident Scott Cote.

Other homeowners agree the county should crack down.

“Either park it in your driveway or take it to your storage yard – just be within the letter of the law,” said Max.

Under current law, nothing can be parked on the front laws, unless it’s set back 25 feet from the property line.

Boats and trailers 30 feet and less can be parked in the driveway.

Recreational parking regulations have been in place for decades. Charlotte County says they don’t have the man power to enforce them.

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