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Scooter case resolved with Supreme Court declining to hear case

Scooter ban goes into effect in September

Post Date:07/02/2020 11:00 AM

The Supreme Court of Florida has declined to review a Classy Cycles challenge to the City’s prohibition on scooter rentals. The Order was handed down Monday, June 29 after Classy Cycles had sought the Supreme Court’s discretionary review of the case.

Assistant City Attorney Cole Davis said the decision closed the door on the City’s long defense of its scooter rental regulations.

“This decision fully puts the issue to rest. The order again confirms what the City Council knew in 2017 – that government closest to the people serves the people best,” Davis said.

“Throughout this litigation, the City prevailed on every issue before the court from the Bay County Circuit Court, the First District Court of Appeal and finally to the Supreme Court. The City’s long history of protecting the Constitutional home rule authority continues. 

Two ordinances passed by the City Council in 2017 limited the rental of scooters in the City. One prohibited overnight rental and the second completely prohibited scooter rentals effective Sept. 8, 2020. After a Bay County Circuit Court upheld the City’s ordinances, Classy Cycles appealed. In November, the First District Court of Appeals upheld the ruling. A request for Supreme Court intervention was denied. Each court found that the City’s home rule powers enabled it to regulate  public’s safety and its right to restrict certain vehicles in congested areas.

Public Information Officer Debbie Ward can be reached at dward@pcbgov.com or (850) 233-5100.

 

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