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City of Indian Rocks to pass ordinance fining people who park in handicapped spots

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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida -- It may be morally wrong to park in a handicapped parking spot without a reason, but in some cities, it's not illegal.

Authorities in Indian Rocks Beach say residents can park in a handicapped spot illegally, and technically, they can't do anything about it.

Loretta Ricciargelli, who is disabled and has a hard time getting around, can hardly believe that there's no law in Indian Rocks Beach protecting her spot.

"It's not fair. In Massachusetts, we have handicap and only handicap can park there," says Ricciargelli.

City manager Gregg Mims says that while there may be a fine posted, it's basically just a scare tactic.

"It's a state law but cities have to have their own ordinances to cite individuals," says Mims. "We'd ask you to move, but if you didn't move there's no way for us to cite you for it."

However, Mims is hoping that in a few weeks that scare tactic fine may become a reality. Mims has drafted a ordinance that will fine those who illegally park in handicapped spots in the city $250.

"The handicapped people need that capability to park there," says Loretta's sister Ginny Brown, who vacations at Indian Rocks Beach.

Mims says commissioners will have a second reading of the ordinance on March 25, and after that, the new ordinance will go into law.

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