Naples Police Department Complaint - Unfair Ticket
NAPLES, FLORIDA -- Citation # 030024869
Dear Mayor, Naples Daily news, attorneys, city managers, and officers
My name is Sylvie Lefebvre. I am 35 years old and have been vacationing for 10 years on the gulf coast of Florida.
My mom owns a home in Estero and is a snow bird. This is the reason I am emailing you.
In March of this year, my fiance and I went to Naples beach one day. As we were parking, we looked around, and saw no signs. When we got back to the vehicle, we had a ticket ton the windshield.
We looked around and there was no sign. I walked around and found the metal post was broken and the sign was lying on the ground, deep in the bushes. The picture in the attachment shows that the sign was clearly not visible, and furthermore not for tourists like us who are used to meters and warnings in the big cities. At least at Barefoot or Wiggins you pay and it's very simple.
We went to city hall, and picked up an appeal, and then went to the police station and spoke with " *******" the secretary at the police station.
I filled out a form, and handed it to her, explaining that I wished it could be settled before I returned home to Montreal in the coming days , and know all too well that if I was no longer in the States, this ticket could get out of control and grow at an alarming rate.
******* assured me that it would not, seeing as I filed an appeal, it would freeze at the 20$ mark from this point on until the case was settled. 2 hours later, we were on our way back to the house in Estero. nice chunk out of a pleasant day that was.
She told me the dept. would have between 7-10 business days to decide on this issue. I called her a few times to check up and nothing was going on with the ticket thus far. A week later, I called ******* back and asked about the state of our appeal file.
" It's only been 6 days, he still HAS 4 business days " she explained.
I flew home to Canada, and I left the case with my poor mom who was staying for a few more weeks, who by the way just lost her husband (my father) in Feb, and has enough insurance claims and tons of paperwork to deal with herself. This is the last thing she needed to stress her out, as the license plates are in her name.
We are now May 12th and after not having heard from the officer or Naples records, finance dept or whoever, I made 3 long distance phone calls, of 2 of which I was transferred to 3 different people and then finally hung up on.
The 3rd phonecall was at 2:19 pm, of which I was told by "*******" that the appeal had been finally DENIED. Now I have to open a US bank account to pay the fine by check and the long distance charges will ad up to more than the citation. What a complete and utter waste of time and energy.
I must tell you that it's not the amount of 22$ that I care for, it's the PRINCIPLE of the whole thing.
It was clearly not our fault that the sign was out of view to say the least. I will begin by writing to a few newspapers and the pictures sure will come in handy. All this to ask one simple question... is that sign out of the bushes yet??
With all due respect, now we know how tourists keep your economy rolling well.....
not impressed beach lover