Local Democrats Opposed to County Parking Ordinance

It was back in August rules regarding parking in Nueces County-owned parking lots were revamped, but now those rules could end up being discussed in court.

It is political season, and those new rules specifically prohibit candidates from parking vehicles with political signs on them. That was the intent of the ordinance approved by commissioners back then, and so is the revised version.

"If I did not have the ability to enforce the parking around the courthouse, we literally could have 25 candidates pull their vehicles up over there and leave them for days and weeks, and say, 'Well, this is a free advertisement,'" County Judge Loyd Neal said back in August. "Well that's not the purpose of those parking lots."

"We have a group of attorneys looking into this to see exactly what it is," Democratic Party Chair Joseph Ramirez said. "It's a violation of our freedom of speech, and it's just another way Republicans are suppressing the vote."

Ramirez wonders why the County's parking ordinance has never been enforced in the past.

At issue are vehicles set up as rolling billboards. Commissioners made up of two Democrats and three Republicans voted unanimously to uphold the revamped county parking ordinance. Still, those opposed to it said it reeks of party politics.


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