On June 14, 2019, the Board of Directors approved a Towing Policy. There have been some questions and/or concerns regarding the policy. As a result, the Board has clarified the procedures as follows:
Clarification of Towing Procedures
The Association has contracted with Express Towing of Brandon to aid in the enforcement of the Association’s Governing Documents and policies, including the Traffic Parking Rules Section of Fish Hawk Trails Rules and Regulations, which provides in pertinent part as follows:
“On-street parking by an owner or family member, tenants, guest or invitee of the owner is prohibited…”
Express Towing is authorized to enter the Fish Hawk Trails community 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. However, Express Towing may not enter the premises during the hours of 6:01 AM to 11:59 PM without the invitation of Association management.
In the exclusive judgment of the Association’s Board, vehicles parked on the street may represent a hazard to the community, as they may impede free and clear access to emergency response vehicles. Additionally, the unknown origin of certain vehicles may pose a potential safety issue for our residents.
Homeowners, residents, and invited guests are highly encouraged to park vehicles in their garages and driveways at all times. If driveways are at capacity, short term street parking may be authorized. Homeowners should, however, obtain a street parking pass from the front gate attendant.
After hours are defined as 12:00 AM to 6:00 AM. Vehicles without a parking pass that are parked on the street during the “after-hours” period above will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. An exemption may be issued for a registered guest, including but not limited to the following types of registered guests:
- CareGivers and handicapped persons not having access to the homeowner’s driveway
- Special events and event guests
CareGivers. CareGivers arriving to perform health care functions must be registered with the Community Manager and should also be registered in the dwelling live system and so designated – Healthcare Care Giver. If a member’s driveway is at capacity, a caregiver will be permitted temporary street parking without penalty of towing. Vehicles so registered as handicapped (handicapped placard or plates affixed to vehicle) will also be exempt from towing.
Event Parking. In the event, a resident is hosting an event at their home, invited guests must be pre-registered in the dwelling live system. It is each homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that access control personnel have the most current copy of the guest list and that their guests are registered. (Please note – this is not a new requirement but has existed for many years within the community).
Homeowners must provide the access control personnel a guest list, preferably 48 hours in advance of an event. It is also recommended that the homeowners provide their guests with an electronic pass via email through the dwelling live system. Access control personnel will issue a guest a temporary event on-street parking pass to be placed in their vehicle’s windshield, which is valid for that day only, or after hours from 12:00 AM to 6:00 AM. The Association recognizes that there will be occasions when last-minute additions are made to a guest list, but this should be the exception rather than common practice.
During events, guests should park on one side of the street only (in the direction of inbound traffic). The outbound direction should be free and clear and available for access by emergency responders. If both sides of a street are blocked with vehicles, Express Towing is authorized to remove vehicles from the outbound (exit side) of the street.
If needed and approved by the Association, residents are authorized to use the clubhouse parking lot for overflow parking for events in the community.
Commercial Service/Vendor Parking
The Association recognizes that during business days (Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am -6:00 pm) vendor and commercial traffic is often heavier than normal. Homeowners and residents should remind their service personnel that parking is restricted to the right side of the road or they risk having their vehicle being towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.