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July 21, 2015—Whatever happened to property rights? Driveways in Cobb County, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida are under siege for separate, though equally ridiculous, reasons.
Starting in Cobb County, an anonymous complaint led to the Oviedo family facing gigantic fines and fees. The family’s crime? Parking four cars in their driveway. They’ve lived in this “Open Space Community” for years, but some of their neighbors (or watchful overlords) have apparently turned against them, recently passing a law to restrict the number of cars parked to only two.
“I am angry. I am beyond angry. I don’t see how the government can tell me whose cars I can park in my own driveway,” mother and homeowner Kim Oviedo told WSB-TV.
Upon hearing from the press, Cobb County decided to not enforce the new law until next year when residents will be required to pay for a permit to park on property for which they already personally pay taxes. That process can add up to thousands of dollars.
Another arbitrary rule on driveways is being cooked up in Jacksonville, Florida. Facing your parked car toward the street would become a crime. The purpose behind forcing all parked cars to go “head-in” is to ensure the license plate number is constantly showing so government officials can always check on its status. Parking broken down vehicles in one’s driveway is already illegal in Jacksonville, so here’s the naturally predictable slippery slope.