Local Recreational Vehicle Ordinance Sees Boats and RVs Differently

When it comes to protecting your boat or RV in the winter, are both vehicles covered by the same ordinances in your area? In most towns and cities, this is the case, but in fishing town Flager Beach, Florida, ordinances for boats are less strict. Those who own recreational vehicles in the town, as a result, want one ordinance for boats and RVs — not two different regulations.

Currently, as explained in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, standards for storing and protecting RVs are more strict. The vehicles cannot be parked in a front yard for more than 72 hours and they cannot block streets, setbacks, or right of ways. Garages and carports are the preferred protective shelters. Both of these, however, must not exceed 40 feet.

Because Flager Beach, it seems, wants to emphasize its fishing image, boats can be displayed more, as the town considers them to be visually pleasing. Large RVs, however, are more often eyesores. Flager Beach, in order to have more boats seen around town, gives boat storage more leeway.

A second issue concerning storage is brought up on the News-Journal Piece: what do you do when you own two recreational vehicles? The town, it appears, wants to restrict the number of vehicles, both boats and RVs, that a household can own.

The recreational vehicle-related ordinances in Flager Beach are uncertain, but they set a specific example for those owning and storing such vehicles: check any local ordinances for that specific vehicle and for storage before you purchase not only a boat or RV but also a shelter. Storing a vehicle in a carport to the back or side of a house is standard, but an area may have different regulations for boats and RVs, as well as restrictions on the size of the portable storage building.

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