Sunny Isles Beach
Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Chapter 223: SHOPPING CARTS
§ 223-4. Required preventative measures and notices; penalties for offenses.
A. Every business and/or entity that utilizes shopping carts in its operation shall affix the following notice to all such carts, and such notice shall be clearly legible in the English and Spanish language and shall state:
Any person who removes a shopping cart from the premises of the owner, or is in the possession of any shopping cart, shall be presumed to be in possession of stolen property and is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to one year as provided by §§ 506.509 and 506.513 of the Florida Statutes.
B. Failure to abide by the provisions of Subsection A above shall constitute a violation and result in a civil penalty in the amount of $25 per cart.
C. Additionally, any business and/or entity providing shopping carts for the use of their patrons or employees shall:
(1) Construct barriers to prevent the removal of shopping carts from the business premise; or
(2) Attach alarm mechanisms to shopping carts to prevent their removal; or
(3) Implement a policy of not allowing the customer to exit the store with shopping carts; and/or
(4) Provide an employee to carry or wheel the customers' merchandise to the customers' vehicle.
(5) Implement a twice-weekly program of collection of their carts that are illegally removed. An affidavit from the affected business owner detailing the specific days of collection shall be submitted to the City.
D. Failure to abide by the provisions of Subsection C above shall constitute a violation and result in a civil penalty in the amount of $250 per violation.
§ 223-5. Identification of shopping carts required; penalties for offenses.
An establishment that utilizes shopping carts in the operation of its business shall affix an identification sign on the shopping cart providing the name, address and phone number of the retail establishment. Failure to abide by this provision shall constitute a violation and result in a civil penalty in the amount of $25 per cart.
§ 223-6. Procedure for handling identifiable shopping carts found on public property. [Amended 6-20-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-156]
A. Employees and officers of the City of Sunny Isles Beach shall be deemed agents of the City and any shopping carts found by them on public property during the course of their official duties shall be reported to the City Code Enforcement and Licensing Department.
B. The owner's failure to retrieve any shopping carts from the City right-of-way shall cause the shopping carts to be removed by the City. The City Public Works Department shall remove the shopping cart(s) from the public right-of-way upon receipt of an interdepartmental request from the Code Enforcement and Licensing Department or as may be necessary to aid in the enforcement of this chapter.
C. The City Public Works Department shall collect the shopping carts and transport same to the Miami-Dade Solid Waste Transfer cite, as may be designated by the Miami-Dade Solid Waste Department, for storage.
D. The Director of the Code Enforcement and Licensing Department or his designee shall notify the owner of the shopping cart(s), in writing, of the transfer to the Miami-Dade Solid Waste Transfer site.
§ 223-7. Procedure for handling unidentifiable shopping carts found on public property.
All unidentifiable shopping carts found on public property shall be handled in accordance with Chapter 705 of the Florida Statutes, as amended from time to time.
§ 223-8. General penalties for offenses.
Any person who violates any section of this chapter shall be subject to the issuance of a civil penalty in the amount of $250, unless otherwise specified herein, to be issued in accordance with Chapter 14, Code Enforcement, of the Code of the City of Sunny Isles Beach and any statutory requirements.
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