Lady Lake, Fla. has new false alarm ordinance

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, July 2, 2009

LADY LAKE. Fla.--A June 20 story from the dailycommercial.com reports a new false alarm ordinance passed by a town commissioner vote of 5-0 on June 15. They set a $50 fine for false alarms that police respond to.

The ordinance only applies to businesses and churches, which the police chief said account for at least 75 percent of alarms in the town.

However, owners and lessees of the structures do get some reprieve. They are allotted four false alarms within a calendar year, with the $50 fine being leveled on the fifth and subsequent false alarms.

Defendants can appeal the decision, and a magistrate can waive the fine upon request in instances such a lightning, power lines or any “good cause” that might have resulted in a false alarm.