JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's not something you see everyday. Parking boots on cars waiting to be sold right in front of a dealership.
Anthony Williams lives nearby in Ortega Park. His morning walk takes him on a part of Blanding Boulevard that passes in front of a trio of dealerships.
"It's surprising," he said. "It was shocking to me walking this morning. I'm like 'OK...why the boots?'"
These boots weren't made for walking. First Coast News saw them on about 12 cars parked in front of a trio of dealerships Thursday morning along Blanding Bvld.
From a Mercedes to a Lexus... trucks and an SUV. Parking enforcement was standing close.
"I think as long as they're not vandalizing or making it look obscure," Anthony Williams said. "I think they should be allowed to park the vehicles on that property."
Parking enforcement tells FCN they ticketed 12 vehicles for sale that were illegally parked in the right of way and did not have license plates. Adding that the dealership had been warned 4 times since May. Parking Enforcement said the vehicles were booted in accordance with local ordinance.
"Number one, it's a waste of taxpayer dollars," Williams said. "Number 2, the dealership, they do a great job of keeping the landscaping beautiful. They take ownership of it."
Two people within the auto group who were not authorized to speak told FCN they felt the booting was "surprising" and "irritating". Also, that the situation was being handled "immediately" by the dealerships owner.
First For You. If you've got a boot and want it removed, you must pay the citation and a $50 boot fee.
An improperly licensed vehicle on the public right of way is $25. The right of way parking fine is $25
"They have to do what's best for their business in order to attract the customers," Williams said, speaking about the dealerships.
The dealership paid $1,200 and the boots were removed by Thursday afternoon.
One of the General Managers of the auto group said they're active in the community and apologize to the city for violating the city ordinance. The GM said they will park properly from now on.
First For You, there are several reasons why your car or vehicle can get the boot.
A few include: Failure to pay violations for parking in a handicapped space, handicap permit misuse or altered license tag.
If you feel like you've been wrongly booted, you can dispute your citation and set a court date.
The city of Jacksonville's website has more information.
First Coast News