RVs and trailers longer than 14 feet will need a stabilized surface such as concrete when parked on private property, according to a proposed city ordinance in Titusville, Fla.
It is part of an effort by Titusville leaders to regulate recreational vehicle and trailer storage to improve curb appeal and maintain real estate values in the community.
Small-boat owners who park trailers in their back yards will have to pay hundreds of dollars to comply with the ordinance.
“It’s going to affect the guys with the johnboats and small boats,” said Sam Gheen, vice president of Gheen Manufacturing Inc. in Titusville. “There are going to be a lot of people that aren’t going to like that.”
The process of crafting the ordinance has been in the works for years, and in 2009, City Manager Mark Ryan stated “this is a boating and recreational community, and any changes we make will impact a large section of our community.”
In September, there was concern that large vehicles parked in back yards would cause overgrowth underneath that could become home to rodents and other animals. The possibility of vehicles on trailers leaking fluids was another reason behind requiring the stabilized surfaces.
One Titusville resident who makes a living fishing, agrees with the spirit of the ordinance but says the city is going too far with the stabilized-surface requirement.
“These trailers need to get off the road and on to people’s private property,” said Mark Wright, a Mosquito Lagoon fishing guide. “But I don’t think the city has any right to tell them that they can’t park it on the grass.”
The parking surface required for RV and trailer storage must be constructed of material suitable for driveway areas, including pavers, concrete and pervious concrete.