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Cape Coral Passes Predatory Towing Ordinance

Dec 16th, 2010 | By | Category: National News

The Cape Coral, Fla., City Council has set rates for non-consensual towing, according to a news report.

The Council unanimously approved Resolution 55-10 on Monday, Dec. 13, which will set private property/non-consensual tow fees at a base rate for the first half hour on scene at $100 for Class A vehicles, $150 for Class B and $400 for Class C. Storage rates for Class A vehicles is $25 per day, and $30 per day for Class B. Drop fees are $20 , and signage inspection fees for towing companies is $75, the report states.

All new rates will take effect Jan. 1, 2011.

Council member Marty McClain spearheaded the change, and will be addressing signage issues as one of the first items, according to the report. Many residents have complained that signs are not properly displayed, and appear randomly in places they were not before.

CRA Economic Development Manager Helen Ramey said predatory towing practices bring down business, and the problem seems to happen mostly at city events, the report states.