It’s official: Pickup trucks are legal in Coral Gables at night
Opponents of Coral Gables’ ban on overnight parking of pickup trucks accomplished at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6., what they failed to achieve in an eight-year court battle: Repeal the 52-year-old law.
Under the referendum approved Tuesday, pickup trucks may now be parked in driveways or on city streets so long as they are non-commercial vehicles — no company labels or markings — and no items in the bed. Also, trucks may also have no more than four wheels. The change takes effect immediately.
Nearly 57 percent of Coral Gables voters who cast ballots on Tuesday agreed to change the ordinance.
Since the 1960s, the city has required pickup trucks to be concealed in garages at night. In 2003, then-resident Lowell Kuvin sued the city after he was cited for parking his 1993 Ford F-150 on a residential street. A three-judge panel of Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal agreed with Kuvin, but the full court reversed, upholding the ordinance. The case concluded last year, when the state Supreme Court declined to hear it.
The city spent $250,000 on legal fees defending its position.