(FORT MYERS, FL – June 7, 2017) - The City of Fort Myers Code Enforcement Division is collaborating with the Fort Myers Police Department to educate business owners about common code violations. City Code Enforcement officers have noticed a recent increase in parking lot violations, particularly at car lots and other commercial businesses on major corridors.
This May, Code Enforcement and FMPD officers began distributing informational letters to business owners. These letters are designed to help educate proprietors on parking regulations in the City Code of Ordinances and/or Florida Statute, with the goal of voluntary compliance. Continued violations will be enforced in the coming months.
The City of Fort Myers Code of Ordinances requires businesses to provide reserved spaces for people with disabilities in their off-street parking areas. Parking lots are required to offer at least one reserved handicap space for the first 25 parking spaces in the lot. Lots with 26-50 spaces are required to reserve two disability-accessible spaces, and so on. Vehicles utilizing these spaces must display a disabled parking permit or license plate.
City Code also requires every business to provide off-street parking facilities. Requirements vary based on business type. Auto/truck sales facilities are required to provide one parking space for every 300 square feet of gross floor area, with a minimum of five customer parking spaces regardless of floor area. Auto/truck repair and service businesses must provide four off-street spaces per bay, plus one space per employee.
Additionally, Florida Statute prohibits businesses and individuals from parking vehicles on sidewalks, within intersections, on crosswalks, or in any other place that would obstruct traffic or impede pedestrian flow. It is also illegal to park within ten feet of a public or private driveway, within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a crosswalk, or within 30 feet upon the approach to any stop sign.
Adherence to City Code keeps the City of Fort Myers safe and clean. To report a code violation, please call the Code Enforcement Division at (239) 321-7940 or visit the City of Fort Myers website at www.cityftmyers.com.
For more information about parking regulations, please contact Officer David Conticelli (239) 218-3699, Officer John Price (239) 887-8561, or Officer Kelsey Evanson (239) 841-4599.