RV Parking in Fla. Equestrian Preserve Tabled
For more than a year, the Wellington Village Council in South Florida has been trying to decide how to regulate recreational vehicles on properties within the equestrian preserve area.
Once again after debate there still is no decision, leaving about 80 recreational vehicles in violation of the village's code, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, reported.
"RVs are a part of the equestrian lifestyle," Village Manage Paul Schofield said. "We need to recognize that and find a way to accommodate that."
During discussion Councilman John Greene asked about the enforcement of recreational vehicles.
"Have fines been issued?" he asked. "It seems like we go through this on an annual basis, and by the time we get to March and April, there's a magistrate hearing and the residents say they will remove the RV. Well, they're all going north. Then we get back into the cycle come October. We never seem to get anywhere."
The council took issue with the fact that the new regulations would be no more enforceable than current regulations.
During discussion Vice Mayor Howard Coates pointed out that many of the violators have property lots that are too small to have recreational vehicles under the proposed regulation.
The proposal would have permitted one recreational vehicle on 2.5 to 4.9 acres and three on lots 10 acres or larger. It would have also allowed property owners to apply for permits valid for two seasons, at $850 a year. The trailers could be occupied for up to six months, the winter equestrian season, between Oct. 15 and May 30.
Another issue was that the new regulations did not prohibit the recreational vehicles from becoming rental properties.
"I really don't want to turn the entire EOZD [equestrian overlay zoning district] into a spread-out trailer park," Councilwoman Anne Gerwig said.
She also pushed for property owners to build permanent living structures instead of recreational vehicles for grooms and caretakers of their horses.
"At some point we really want these to be permanent, safe structures," Gerwig said.
Once again the council told staff to get more public input, evaluate minimum farm size for a recreational vehicle and find standards that would be easier enforced.
Council members agreed unanimously to table the ordinance.