A South Texas RV park operator has lost a year-long legal battle to overturn several Hitchcock city ordinances on constitutional grounds.
Gene R. Jones, owner of the 80-space Gulf Holiday RV Park in Hitchcock, last year filed suit challenging the constitutionality of a local ordinance that makes it illegal for any recreational vehicle to remain within an RV park for more than 90 days within a 120-day period.
Jones also was upset by another Hitchcock ordinance that, according to his lawsuit, requires RV park owners to make their guest registers “available for inspection and use at all times by law enforcement officers.”
The measure facilitating law enforcement, “is an arbitrary and unreasonable exercise of the city’s police power” and violates Jones’ constitutional right not to be subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures, according to the suit filed in Texas State District Court in Galveston.
But the court in Galveston has issued a summary judgment in favor of Hitchcock’s position, saying Jones failed to show that the ordinances were unconstitutional.
Jones’ attorney, Marcus Faubion, argued that the court ruled in favor of Hitchcock before RV industry supporters had a chance to testify. He plans to appeal the ruling.