Bradenton to tweak auto seizure law

May 8, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The city of Bradenton will try to revise an ordinance Tuesday that already allows police to impound vehicles used in drug crimes or prostitution.

The ordinance is to update an existing one ruled illegal in an East Coast of Florida case. The city is rewording its ordinance to remain within legal guidelines.

The court ruled any seizure laws must have an extensive appeals process to protect property rights.

"We just tweaked our ordinance to make sure we were in compliance with the court ruling," said Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski.

The new ordinance will allow police to impound cars used in crimes involving prostitution, lewdness, indecent exposure or illicit drugs.

The Bradenton City Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in council chambers, 101 Old Main St. There will be a public hearing for a special use permits for Leap Start Academy Inc., a local daycare and Neighborhood Pub, a local lounge.

-- Herald staff report

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