Lake Alfred, Fla. council approves ordinance

SSN Staff  - 
Friday, February 20, 2009

LAKE ALFRED, Fla.--The Ledger reports a new law tentatively approved Feb. 16 would subject Lake Alfred businesses and residences to fines of up to $500 if police or firefighters respond to multiple false alarms from private security alarm systems.

City commissioners approved the proposed ordinance 5-0, and it was scheduled for a final vote March 2.

The law requires obtaining an annual $25 permit for a business or home alarm system, according to City Manager Jan Shockley. Failure to register could result in a $100 fine.

Up to three false alarms in a year would not result in a penalty, but the owner would be subject to a $50 fine if police respond to the fourth and fifth false alarm. That increases to $100 for each of the next two false alarms, $250 for the eighth or ninth incident and $500 for the 10th false alarm or more in a year.