Punta Gorda, FL
Chapter 25A ABANDONED PROPERTY AND IMPOUNDING OF VEHICLES
Sec. 25A-7. Shopping carts.
(a) All merchants providing shopping carts for the use of its customers within the City shall affix thereto a permanent identification tag setting forth the name and address of the merchant.
(b) All lost or stolen shopping carts which are abandoned or otherwise left on public streets or public property shall be removed by city personnel, tagged with the date of removal and impounded on City property until redeemed, or sold as herein provided.
(c) Whenever the City shall remove any shopping cart containing identification of ownership, or after a reasonable attempt, ownership has been ascertained, a notice shall be sent by ordinary mall to such merchant advising that if said shopping cart is redeemed within seven (7) days of the date of the notice, the cost of redemption shall be twenty dollars ($20.00) for each cart, based upon retrieval and administrative costs. Any shopping cart remaining in the custody of the city beyond the seven-day period provided herein shall, in addition to the redemption fee of twenty dollars ($20.00), be charged a storage fee of fifty cents ($0.50) per day per cart.
(d) Any such shopping carts impounded by the City and remaining in its custody for a period of ninety (90) days or more which have not been redeemed as provided herein, shall be considered abandoned property and shall be sold at public auction at a time and place to be fixed by the City.
(e) For the purposes of this section a "shopping cart" shall be defined as a handdrawn or propelled vehicle or wheeled container, made of metal, wood or other material which is generally provided by merchants for carting or carrying merchandise or foodstuffs to automobiles or other places.
(f) Upon a redemption or sale, as provided herein, the proceeds shall be deposited in the general funds of the City.
(Ord. No. 1020-91, 1, 2-6-91)
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