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Palm Beach County may owe truckers millions over parking law confusion

Palm Beach County truckers, embroiled in a legal tangle over a parking ordinance, may see the county forking out millions due to ambiguous language.

The issue at hand: For years, an ordinance stated that "semi-trucks" could park in The Acreage, Palm Beach County, even though it also capped vehicle weight at 12,500 pounds – well below the weight of any semi-truck. The contradiction could lead to payouts, warns County Commissioner Sara Baxter, since truckers relied on the wording to settle in the area.

  • Since 2019, "semi-trucks" was cut from the ordinance. Now the proposed legislation still doesn't accommodate semi-truck parking, despite truckers’ willingness to compromise.
  • A public hearing on Feb 22nd will hammer out if the weight limit is raised to 16,000 pounds, excluding semi-trucks but preventing expensive overhauls for truckers whose livelihoods hang in the balance.

Truckers’ stance: Local truckers propose a registration of commercial vehicles to the resident's property and widening driveways to 24 feet, allowing parking on their property, not roads. This offer is meant to resolve the conflict that has tested community relations between new residents and long-time truckers in the area.

Legal backdrop: County Attorney Denise Coffman challenges Commissioner Baxter's claims, suggesting further arguments be held for court, implying potential future litigation, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Looking ahead: As officials probe for solutions, including zoning changes for commercial truck parking lots near highways, the county commissioners’ upcoming vote and the implied lack of truck parking statewide loom over the heated deliberations.

From the community: While some residents claim semi-trucks destroy local roads, truckers highlight their contributions as taxpayers and their right to maintain their chosen lifestyle, a sentiment echoed in emails to commissioners.

What's next: The ordinance's final fate will be decided in late February, amid concerns over the potential financial impact on both the truckers and the county's budget.

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