How a Florida Woman Got a $100,000 Fine — For Parking on Her Own Property

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brad Polumbo

“There’s nothing worse than when you’re having a bad day and come back to your car to find a parking ticket on your windshield. Except, maybe, if that ticket was for $100,000, and you got it for parking on your own property. That’s what happened to Sandy Martinez, a resident of Lantana, Florida. Teaming up with attorneys at the libertarian-leaning Institute for Justice (IJ), she is suing the town over a parking violation fine assigned to her that totaled more than $100,000. … Her lawsuit argues that such excessive fines over such minor offenses violate the Florida state constitution, which ‘forbids fines that are ‘excessive’ or ‘shock the conscience,’’ according to IJ’s Ari Bargil. … Basically, the woman was fined enormous sums by the city because cars parked on her own property touched grass. Yes, seriously.” (07/15/21)